Efforts on the part of legislative officials to require immunization of school children without their parents’ consent is ongoing and not only affects residents of California whose Governor, Jerry Brown, recently signed the mandatory vaccine bill known as SB277. Similar bills have been enacted or are being considered in the rest of the country and around the world. This is a ‘hot’ issue that has attracted heated discussions on both sides of the debate. For instance, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto believes that SB277 is too broad of a piece of legislation and should be overturned based on constitutional grounds.
Under SB277, parents in California who file a valid personal belief affidavit on behalf of their school age children before January 1, 2016, can postpone the start date of the vaccine requirement according to the provisions outlined in this July 2, 2015 legal synopsis published on the California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog:
SB 277…provides a limited exception for children who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a valid personal belief affidavit. Those students may continue attending public or private school until, beginning July 1, 2016, they have enrolled in the next “grade span.”
Questions and Answers Regarding the New Law
Q: What is the definition of a “grade span?”
A: “Grade span” is defined as (A) birth to preschool; (B) kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) and grades 1 through 6; and (C) grades 7 through 12. (Health and Safety Code section 120335(g).)
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is one of America’s most knowledgeable physicians regarding the impact of vaccines on health. Dr. Tenpenny is an outspoken advocate for free choice in healthcare, including the right to refuse vaccination. Click the Play Podcast link below to listen to the half hour interview that Power Hour Radio host Joyce Riley conducted with Dr. Tenpenny on July 28, 2015.
California Enacts Vaccine Law That Forces Parents to Choose Between Human Rights and Civil Rights
National Vaccine Information Center
July 1, 2015
Governor Brown Signs New Vaccination Bill, SB 277, Into Law
by Guest Author
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog
July 2, 2015
Q&A Could California’s proposed vaccine law be unconstitutional?
Rong-Gong Lin II | Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2015
Attorney and California State Assemblyman: Mandatory Vaccine Law “Too Broad to be Constitutional”
Assemblyman Mike Gatto | USA Today
July 7, 2015
Saying No to Vaccines, book by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny.
SaneVax.org – Nonprofit group that romote only Safe, Affordable, Necessary & Effective vaccines and vaccination practices through education and information. Their website contains many reports of young women whose health has been severely compromised by the Gardasil vaccine.
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