A California legal group says it's unnecessary for the state to
issue language that would make it more costly for parents to opt
their children out of mandated vaccines.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is to decide the fate of Assembly Bill
2109, which would require parents who oppose mandatory
vaccines to complete a government form, obtain a signature from a
doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant and attend a
lecture about vaccines and diseases before actually opting their
Matthew McReynolds, an
attorney with the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), says he and
his group "don't think that's right."
"We think that parents should be able to exercise that right for
a variety of reasons," he continues. "Many individuals believe that
some vaccines may not be right for their children, and they
shouldn't have to listen to a government-mandated lecture in order
to exercise those rights."
The Associated Press reports that private school
parents are far more likely to opt their children out of
vaccinations than are public school parents. In
fact, more than half of the kindergartners in over 100 private
schools in the state did not receive all or some shots.
Parents say they avoid the vaccinations for personal or