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LA Times Calls on California Lawmakers to Pass Vaccination Bill Despite Anti-Science Parents

Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 1:55:02 pm

The Los Angeles Times editorial board is calling out the state legislature for caving in to the demands of the deluded, selfish anti-vaccination movement: California Lawmakers Should Pass the Vaccination Bill.

Anti-vaccination parents showed up last week in Sacramento threatening to leave the public schools en masse, and the Senate Education Committee crumbled like a batch of overbaked cookies. Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who has written legislation that would mandate vaccines for almost all public school students, was forced to take back his bill for revision.

"The penalty for not immunizing their kids is you either have to home-school or take your kids out of public schools, and I don't think that's a solution to the problem," committee Chairwoman Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) told Pan during last week's meeting. If that's so, why does California even bother to have the weak vaccination requirement that's already on the books? It's meaningless if the state folds as soon as parents object.