Feb. 4, 2015 (SACRAMENTO) Assembly Woman Lorena Gonzalez joins Senators Richard Pan and Ben Allen in ending the California Personal Belief Exception in California. This would effectlvely end the ability to opt out of vaccinations for children in schools.
“As a mother, I know the decisions we make about our children’s healthcare are deeply personal,” said Gonzalez. “While I respect that fundamental right to make medical decisions for your own family, when a parent’s decision to ignore science and medical fact puts other children at risk, we can’t as a state condone it.”
Statewide 2.5 percent of kindergarten students are unvaccinated. with pockets that are much higher. Dr Richard Pan, a State Senator said “as a pediatrician, I’ve been worried about the anti-vaccination trend for a long time,”
In some areas of the state the rate of lack of vaccinations reaches ten percent. This breaks so-called “herd immunity,” and allows disease to take hold.
Pan added, “I’ve personally witnessed the suffering caused by these preventable diseases and I am very grateful to the many parents that are now speaking up and letting us know that our current laws don’t protect their kids.”
“The high number of unvaccinated students is jeopardizing public health not only in schools but in the broader community. We need to take steps to keep our schools safe and our students healthy,” said Senator Ben Allen.
If this legislation passes and is passed into law, California will join another 32 other states that do not allow parents to use personal belief exemptions to opt out of vaccination.
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