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Committee passes, sends full House bill to trim Washington state’s vaccine exemptions

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill that would remove personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines as an authorized exemption from childhood school immunizations.

The House Health Care & Wellness Committee passed the measure on a 10-5 vote Wednesday, and it could be considered for a vote by the full House in the coming weeks.

Currently, Washington allows parents to claim school-vaccination exemptions for children at public or private schools or licensed day care centers based on medical, religious and personal or philosophical beliefs.

House Bill 2009 removes the personal or philosophical belief allowance for an exemption. The measure has the support of the Washington State Medical Association and Gov. Jay Inslee.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Washington is among 20 states that allow for personal-belief exemptions and 48 that allow for religious exemptions.


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  • T

    There are so many welll presented cases here for not vaccinating. If the article isn’t convincing enough, the many comments by parents are overwhelming.It is telling how that pro-vaxxers are usually the first to resort to name-calling and insulting comments. The anti-vaxxers generally stick to their extensive research or personal (horrifying) experience, rather than villifying the “opposition” except when directly insulted by the less read. One aspect I would like to emphasise here is the constitutional aspect, so well presented by Alice Smith (about 3 pages down). It clearly defines the situation. If we as a country go down this path of giving up constitutional rights over our own bodies, it will have far-reaching ramifications in all areas of medicine. With Obamacare taking over medical decisions from the doctors and patients, it is primarily an issue of what they will NOT pay for at this time. Our family has already experienced this in the last year. Selective treatment is a current reality. But soon it may be that you may not be able to refuse certain treatments (beginning with forced vaccinations) and especially, as the governement takes over the authority over your children’s bodies, there will be increasing mandated procedures in which you will have no say as a parent and any resistance will be met with the threat of removal of your child from your home. It is already happening with the vaccination issue. Once we give upour rights, it will be very difficult to get them back. The vaccine requirements have doubled since 2000 and There are hundreds more in development. It is not inconcievable that in 10 years there could be hundreds of vaccination doses required for children to be in public. How much is too much? Should it be big givernments’ sole decision? When I return from a foreign country to my home, I could be forcibly vaccinated. The list goes on. Anti-vaxxers MUST unite now. Look at the issue of gay marriage (I am not weighing in on the pros or cons here). A tiny percentage of the population, somewhere between 1.5 and 3 % have completely overwhelmingly altered the legal landscape in their favor, simply by banding together and refusing to give up – and their rights to whatever they seem to believe they have a right to, are not anywhere in the constitution. We have a current constitutional right not to have our personal privacy invaded by our government. Let’s not give it up!

  • B Gregory

    Childhood illnesses were one of God’s creations. We do our best to provide a good environment so our children will be healthy. If they get sick, it is wonderful to have medical treatments, and if a child dies, he died a natural death. If, on the other hand, we vaccinate a healthy child knowing that there is a risk however small and that child dies, we are guilty of murder. God did not make a mistake when he created us or disease. We make a mistake when we try to play God.

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