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Senate Gives Final Passage To Childhood Vaccination Bill

by | Jun 3, 2015 4:32pm () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Child Welfare, Civil Liberties, Health Care, Insurance, Legal

shutterstock Connecticut parents or guardians wishing to exempt their children from vaccinations based on religious reasons may be deterred by a bill that cleared the Senate Tuesday.

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The bill, which passed 21-15, requires parents or guardians to present a notarized statement that an immunization would be contrary to the religious beliefs of their child. However, language in the bill allows the notary to be waived by the Commissioner of Public Health at the request of a parent or guardian.

Under the new legislation, such statements are subjected to annual submission and must be officially endorsed by a notary public, attorney, judge, family support magistrate, court clerk, deputy clerk, or justice of the peace.

This is an amendment to previous legislation, which did not obligate a notary.

The bill also mandates the statement include an assertion that parents or guardians requesting an exemption have reviewed and understood “evidence-based instructional material provided by the Department of Public Health regarding the risks to such child and to others of such child failing to receive adequate immunizations.”

“We are modifying this because of the alarming increase across the country, and certainly in the state, of those who are taking this exemption,” said Sen. Terry Gerratana, D-New Britain.

Gerratana also said that the number of people invoking this exemption has increased by 300 percent in Connecticut.

Current state policy requires that children be vaccinated appropriately before they enter the public or non-public school system. Standing exemptions include medical conditions and religious-based beliefs.

The only states without a religious exemption for vaccinations are West Virginia and Mississippi.

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(5) Archived Comments

posted by: Spinoza | June 4, 2015  7:01am

At present, FORTY EIGHT states allow a religious exemptions for otherwise mandatory childhood vaccinations. CT is one of them. This exemption is irrational and should be ended completely. Do we allow religious exemptions for child safety seats in automobiles? Of course not.

posted by: SmartCookie | June 5, 2015  2:24pm

Once again arrogant misinformed and misguided politicians attempting to make the flawed and incompetent government God. I thank all of those that opposed this condescending and not independently and scientifically researched intrusion of our God given rights.

posted by: Spinoza | June 5, 2015  3:38pm

US Constitution to SmartCookie: you live in a secular state that does not, and should not, recognize any “god given rights”. Besides, which god would you be referring to—there are so many to choose from. As it happens, our nation’s governing law, the US Constitution, makes exactly ZERO references to any gods.
And: childhood vaccines are not “scientifically researched”? Did you fall asleep during the 19th century and just wake up today?

posted by: SmartCookie | June 6, 2015  5:22pm

SPINOZA - Your comments boggle the mind.  The Declaration of Independence which established the U.S. as an autonomous and sovereign nation in 1776 clearly states, “WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.” Our rights come from God NOT the government—the government protects our God given rights. Furthermore, CT passed RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration ACT) legislation over 20 years ago—hardly a secular state.  I was not alive in the 19th century and I doubt you were either…typical of pro-vaxers…not detail oriented—thus missing vital information. Improvements in sanitation and nutrition and thus a strong immune system are the biggest factors in health and disease. At present only rabies and tetanus vaccines can be justified.  Do your research!

posted by: Spinoza | June 10, 2015  7:02am

SmartCookie: the Declaration of Independence is a brilliant document, but in reality it is a political statement by the Continental Congress that sought to explain the reasons for and goals of the armed insurrection that began in the colonies the prior year. It is not the law of the land. You know from 5th grade civics class that the U.S. Constitution is. And while the Declaration refers to “their Creator”, which may or not be a god or gods according to Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, the Constitution makes exactly ZERO reference to any god or gods. ZERO. Our nation is a secular state.

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