California Senate Passes Mandatory Vaccination Bill
If it becomes law, children would be forced to be vaccinated in California.
The bill, according to the Huffington Post, gives parents the ability to opt out of vaccinations for their children for medical reasons only. Under the law, parents would not be allowed to cite religious or personal beliefs as a reason not to vaccinate their children.
“Vaccinations are necessary to protect us,” Senator Richard Pan said, “but that protection has been eroding. We need to do more to protect our communities.”
The controversial bill, if enacted, would make California the third state to enforce strict vaccine laws – alongside Mississippi and West Virginia. Many parents throughout the state have objected to the bill, staging protests outside of lawmakers’ offices statewide and expressing their opposition to making vaccines mandatory.