In the libertarian tradition, California has a philosophical exemption from vaccine requirements that allows parents to decline vaccines for their children for any reason, or no reason. Twenty states have this broad philosophical exemption to vaccination, while the other states require a family to present a religious or medical exemption in order to decline vaccination.
Nationwide, an increasing number of parents have been questioning the value or safety of certain vaccines for their children, and more have been opting out of vaccine requirements. But in California, the vaccine police have gone on the counteroffensive, demanding that limits be placed on the philosophical exemption for opting out of vaccination.
California Democratic Assemblyman Richard Pan, himself a pediatrician, sponsored a new bill to require that parents consult with pediatricians or a school nurse before being able to opt out of vaccination. The liberal California legislature then passed this law, despite pretending to be in favor of individual liberty. No one should be surprised if Governor Jerry Brown signs this costly, burdensome intrusion on personal rights into law.
The State of California is on the verge of economic collapse. Don’t its politicians have bigger issues than interfering with parental decisions about their own children?
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