California passes SB 277 bill, forcing all children to get vaccinated before kindergarten
A new bill has been passed by legislators in California which overrides the convictions of parents not to vaccinate their children based on personal beliefs, and which mandates all children to get vaccinated before entering kindergarten.
Parents who insist on not vaccinating their children have a choice however; they can home-school their children; only children with weakened immune system are exempted from the coverage of the bill once it becomes law.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Richard Pan, a pediatrician, and Sen. Benjamin Allen with the purposes of reducing diseases that can be prevented with vaccines. To this end, all parents must vaccinate their children to be able to get admitted into kindergarten, while those who are unvaccinated and already in school must do so before they get to 7th grade; or rather withdraw such children for home-schooling.
If the Senate approves the passage of the bill into law, California will be the 33rd state to have such compulsory vaccination law in place. Naturally there were oppositions to the bill, but it scaled through on a 25-10 votes.
Senate Republican leader Robert Huff of Diamond Bar opposed the bill, saying any disease will come to an end just as was seen with the measles outbreak in Disneyland. He insisted people should not give up their personal freedoms and rights for any vaccination if they don’t believe in such and the state should respect this.
Sen. Joel Anderson wanted to know the composition of these vaccines because according to him, many people would oppose it once it became apparent that they were formulated from the cells of aborted fetuses; and people would naturally shy away from such vaccines out of religious beliefs.