Ava Racc 
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Re: “Tell Us How You Really Feel: Vaccine Exemptions

I strongly oppose this legislation. First on "general grounds", it violates basic human medical freedoms for the right to informed consent and the right to refuse treatment which are internationally protected by many laws and which courts in the US have found are also protected by our constitution. Secondly on it's willingness to punish innocent children when it doesn't even have common sense as a bill. Kids do not exist in a bubble and are not going to stop being exposed to the unvaccinated everywhere else BUT school. Parents who don't vaccinate are absolutely not going to start lining up for vaccines because the state of Oregon puts an economic gun to their head. Parents who are on a delayed schedule that is more like what the rest of the world recommends (US recommends twice as many doses of vaccines as the rest of the first world) are not going to force more doses of risk than are necessary. Meanwhile many children will lose critical special needs services they cannot get at home (IEP students w/disabilities) and others will be thrust into poverty by this legislation (children of single parents and children whose households require both parents income). The right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (a FAPE) is supposedly federally guaranteed and should be considered as sacrosanct as the right to refuse treatment. There is no proof that this kind of law improves public health, in fact in MI where they only have medical exemptions and the vaccine uptake rate is sky high, is pretty much the bottom in the United States for infant and child deaths and illnesses. And in WV where there are also medical only exemptions people opt out and home school and the vaccine rates are LOWER than they were before the bill, significantly lower than the national average! Freedom cannot be obtained from tyranny, neither can health.

29 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Ava Racc on 03/06/2015 at 6:03 AM

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