A tough new law marks the onset of a new era of forced medication in California, as the state successfully eliminated all personal and religious exemptions to vaccines for children stuck in the state’s public school system.
After weeks of protests and political tension, and one of the most aggressive and expensive state lobbying campaigns on record, the California state legislature finally passed S.B. 277, crushing individual medical choice and delivering a huge victory to corporate beneficiaries in the drug industry. Governor Jerry Brown (D) promptly signed it into law on June 30, 2015.
Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) called it “a direct attack on our liberty and a violation of our parental rights,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
The new law is the most rigid in the nation, depriving families of personal belief exemptions under the state’s Health and Safety Code. Parents will now unable to opt out their school-age children from the long list of government-endorsed injections, including shots for Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), Measles, Mumps, Pertussis (whooping cough), Poliomyelitis, Rubella, Tetanus, Varicella (chickenpox), as well as “any other disease deemed appropriate by the department.” …