SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a measles outbreak at Disneyland has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author was under added security this week.Bullying?! No other country mandates vaccine, and only 2 states refuse reasonable exemptions. This Democrat want to force parents to make a minor medical choice, and he accuses the voters of bullying when they object!
Authorities said wouldn't specify the extra protections around state Sen. Richard Pan on Friday, but the level of anger over the measure has been clear.
Opponents have flooded the Capitol to stand up for parental rights, and images that compare Pan to Adolf Hitler have circulated online.
"Unfortunately, there is a sub-segment of the group that seems to want to engage in vitriol and intimidation and bullying in order to get their way," said Pan, a Democratic pediatrician from Sacramento.
Sen. Carol Liu, chair of the Education Committee, which will hear the bill next week, said through a spokesman that the proposal has generated more calls to her office than any other this year, including measures on immigration, doctor-assisted suicide and police shootings. ...
If it becomes law, California would join Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict vaccine requirements.
The Disneyland outbreak was caused by people who just got off the boat from the Phillipines, and most of those infected were adults. Unvaccinated kids had nothing to do with it. It might have been prevented by requiring foreigners and adults to get measles vaccines, but no one is proposing that. They always blame the kids.
Even tho the vaccine exemptions are currently easy to get, well over 95% of California kids get vaccinated. Passing oppressive laws to raise the rate to 98% seems ill-considered and anti-freedom to me.
Critics, however, have turned out in force. Before the bill's first legislative hearing this week, hundreds of opponents attended a rally that featured an appearance from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has said the number of children injured by vaccines amounts to "a holocaust." During the hearing, an opponent threated [threatened?] to ask God to curse legislative supporters.That is a little extreme. It is very unlikely that the vaccines will do your kids any good or any harm.
Brian Stenzler, president of the California Chiropractic Association, has testified against the bill and condemned the threats against lawmakers as unacceptable. But even though opposition leaders are focused the merits of the legislation, there are some things they can't control, he said.Where are these people on other parents' rights issues?
"It's kind of like a mother bear," he said. "You come near a cub, that mother will do anything they have to do."
"Right now," he added, "these parents are running on pure emotion and pure adrenaline."
My guess is that these are a bunch of hysterical paranoid moms who do not understand or believe the studies.
My concern is over parental rights. Even if we assume that the vaccines are beneficial, those benefits are probably less, on average, than the benefits of brushing teeth. But we do not have a law requiring kids to brush teeth everyday, no matter how many people recommend it. We just don't believe in the nanny state being that intrusive.