Following Governor Jerry Brown’s signature passing SB 277, many parents have been prompted to rethink living in California. From their perspective, they have lost medical freedom. The vaccine debate is one that equals the heated topics of politics and religion. These debates get fiercely intense and this new vaccine bill is making heavy waves across the nation.
In an about-face turn from his earlier position in support of both personal and religious vaccine exemptions, Gov. Brown sided with the bill’s authors, Senators Dr. Richard Pan (Sacramento) and Ben Allen (Santa Monica), who both believe that children should be forcibly vaccinated in accordance with the official government vaccine schedule.
The passing of SB 277 is the most stringent vaccine mandate in the United States into law. In 2016, California parents will be forced to give their children more than 40 doses of 10 federally recommended vaccines. Families that do not comply with the one-size-fits-all vaccine mandate, will lose the option to use licensed daycare facilities, in-home daycare, public or private preschools and even after school programs. School children, not up-to-date on every mandated vaccine, will be required to home school without options for classroom learning.
Claiming that the legislation is necessary to support science, the bill’s supporters are hailing its passage as a boon for public health. But the opposition, many of whom have witnessed first-hand damage by vaccines, is furious about this monumental affront to health freedom. Many parents are pulling their children out of school rather than vaccinating them and some are even threatening to move out of the state.
Autism risk is one of the major concerns surrounding forced vaccinations as the autism rate has skyrocketed right alongside the ever-expanding government vaccination schedule. Countless parents have had to watch their children’s lives unravel immediately following childhood vaccinations. The advocacy group A Voice For Choice is already planning to file a referendum to have SB 277 barred from enactment. Various other entities have also begun filing lawsuits against the state of California for violating parental rights and freedom of medical choice.
Some celebrities have voiced their opinions, most notably Jim Carrey who went on a #sb277 Twitter rant stating, “California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in mandatory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped.” He later clarified he’s not anti-vaccine, but is against the “mercury laden thimerosal” in the vaccines. Carrey’s ex-girlfriend Jenny McCarthy has been at the center of the anti-vaccine debate since a 2009 Time magazine interview during which she discussed her views on a possible link between vaccines and autism. McCarthy’s 13-year-old son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005.
Supporters of vaccines say the new law will protect public health. “It is a great day for California’s children,” said Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases and director of Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Finally, someone stood up for California’s children.” Sen. Richard Pan said he hopes other states will follow California’s example. “As the largest state in the country, we are sending a strong signal to the rest of the country that this can be done, that science and facts will prevail to make sound laws.”
Not all senators in California agree. Senator John Moorlach’s reaction was not in favor of the decision and stated, “I’m disheartened to hear that Governor Brown signed SB 277, which removes the personal belief exemption. To my constituents, I hear you and promise to continue fighting to protect your right to choose what is best for your families.”