As reported by local NBC affiliate KRCA, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, quickly signed into law a controversial mandatory vaccination measure passed by the state's overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature, imposing one of the country's strictest vaccination laws in the wake of a relatively minor measles outbreak last year at Disneyland.
Brown could hardly wait to sign the new measure. He issued a signing statement just a day after the Legislature sent him the measure that strikes the state's personal beliefs exemption for immunizations. The change means that nearly every child attending public school will be required to be vaccinated. The new mandate takes effect next year.
"The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Brown wrote. "While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community."
'We don't want this'
Only, the science is not clear. What's more, there is little evidence to suggest that allowing children to deal naturally with contagious diseases like measles and mumps is inherently dangerous or deadly – at least, no more so than vaccinations, which injure or kill dozens of American children every year.
California now joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict requirements.
Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento, a physician by training who has been corrupted by Big Pharma via political donations, and Ben Allen of Santa Monica originally introduced the measure after an outbreak of measles at Disneyland, which affected only about 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico, some of whom had been vaccinated for the disease.
Pediatricians argued in favor of the measure recently as legislators considered their opinions to be more important than those of parents, whose rights are increasingly being disregarded by authoritarian lawmakers who refuse to consider their objections as valid.
There is some wiggle room built into the new law, but not much. For instance, some medical exemptions will still be permitted, officials noted, for kids with serious health issues – though "serious" has yet to be defined and likely will be left up to a state bureaucrat to decide.
But clearly most California children will be affected, because the law is meant to apply to kids who go to public schools, private schools and any daycare center. Homeschooled kids will not be subject to immunization requirements, but clearly those kids are a minority in the state.
Historically staunch opposition didn't matter one bit, further adding to the belief that "representatives" don't represent the people anymore
Few measures have received as much pushback as the mandatory vaccine bill. Parents by the thousands traveled to the state capitol in Sacramento to protest what they viewed as a major encroachment on their rights by the state. In fact, the debate had become so heated that the law's authors were provided additional security. Also, a recall effort has been launched against at least two legislators who supported the measure.
"Opponents assert that the state is eliminating informed consent and trampling on parental rights. Similar legislation was dropped in Oregon earlier this year because opposition was so fierce," KRCA reported.
And yet, the measure passed anyway, mostly with Democratic support but also with some Republican assistance.
For his part, Gov. Brown said he was able to support the bill after authors agreed to make it easier to obtain medical exemptions; the bill was amended to allow physicians to use a family's medical history as an evaluating factor, for example.
And the authors agreed to a grandfather clause as well, which will permit students currently claiming a personal belief exemption to maintain it until their next "vaccination checkpoint," which occur in kindergarten and seventh grade.
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