Brown signs vax bill, drawing lawsuit vow

vaccine121014As Gov. Jerry Brown signed a tough new vaccination bill into law, its vociferous opponents — who had fought the measure tooth and nail — vowed to sue the state and rally voters against it.

Senate Bill 277 “requires almost all California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs,” as the San Jose Mercury News reported.

“‘We are going to have a referendum to ask the public to put a hold on the law,’ said Palo Alto resident Christina Hildebrand, president and co-founder of A Voice For Choice. ‘We will continue to fight this — we are not going away,’ said the mother of two unvaccinated children.”

The prospect of a legal challenge was quickly downplayed by one of the bill’s coauthors, state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento. “The courts have been very clear that you don’t have a right to spread a communicable disease, that there’s a public interest in keeping our communities safe from disease,” he said, according to the Sacramento Bee.

So-called “herd immunity” has been hard to maintain in recent years in some parts of the state. As the Associated Press noted, “suburban areas have seen a decline in immunizations in the past decade, with some schools having immunization rates near 50 percent. Herd immunity for measles is between 92 and 94 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

A tipping point

The new law made California’s inoculation rules among the nation’s strictest. Only Mississippi and West Virginia also bar religious and personal exemptions while maintaining a narrow allowance for medical excuses. (“Unvaccinated children without a medical exemption would have to be home-schooled or study in small, private homeschooling groups,” Reuters noted.)

But as is often the case with California, the state’s about-face on vaccines was set upon by critics and supporters as a potential bellwether and momentum-shifter for similar regulations across the country.

Capturing an emerging consensus in the realm of health policy, Wired characterized the situation as a “historical inflection point.”

“If public health researchers and politicians can look carefully at the state of the state’s vaccination rates and disease numbers before and after SB277 is enacted, they’ll get a powerful tool to either support more bans of these exemptions — several of which are on the table in other states right now — or drive the United States toward different, perhaps more effective strategies to reduce vaccine-preventable disease.”

Pan himself lent his support to the idea that other states should follow where he has led California. “Asked if he thought California’s action would spark similar changes in other states, Pan said Brown’s swift action on the bill will send a ‘strong signal’ across the country,” reported the Mercury News. “Neither California nor any other state ‘wants to continue to see [outbreaks] happen in their neighborhoods,’ Pan said.”

A reversal for Brown

Supporters of California’s now-obsolete exemptions had put faith in Gov. Brown, who ensured not long ago that Golden State parents could claim a religious objection to vaccinating their children. “Brown’s decision to sign the bill marks an about-face for the former seminarian who three years ago opposed eliminating the religious exemption for school vaccines,” Reuters observed.

In 2012, signing prior legislation “requiring parents to consult a health professional before declining vaccinations for their schoolchildren,” Brown set up a special carve-out for those claiming an exemption on account of religious beliefs.

“In his signing statement Tuesday, the Democratic governor noted that the bill exempts children whose family medical histories lead a physician to recommend against immunization,” according to the Sacramento Bee. “But unlike in 2012, the former Jesuit seminarian said nothing about religion.”


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  1. bob
    bob 1 July, 2015, 16:19

    If Pan has his way there will be forced vacinations for adults, too.

    Roll up yer sleave and say hi to old squirty.

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  2. US
    US "Citizen" 1 July, 2015, 17:01

    So what is next? Mandatory shots for tracking you? Shots for experimental drugs? Shots for forced sterilization? A can of worms has just been opened here, and most of you are too stupid to see it. The drug companies PAY OFF politicians, incase you forgot.

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  3. Monica
    Monica 1 July, 2015, 17:31

    Pan is a piece of garbage and needs to be thrown out of office along with Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown needs to be recalled ASAP. There is no such thing as herd immunity! The CDC lied about the measles outbreak just to give a reason for these nut cases to pass a unconstitutional law. No one has the right to force us to put toxins into our bodies. It is the vaccinated spreading the diseases not the unvaccinated. Look it up on the MRR vaccine brochure and it will read that one can catch the measles from the shedding of the vaccine. This is not acceptable! Not only that but our Congress gets tax revenue for each shot given to a child. Mr. Pan was given millions of dollars from Merck and I call this bribery and I thought that was against the law. These pieces of crap could careless about your children they only care about lining their pockets with your tax money by harming our children. Vaccines are not safe. Vaccines are a drug. They cause more diseases than they cure. It is a known fact that the unvaccinated are 500% healthier than vaccinated children. RECALL BROWN AND SENATOR PAN NOW!

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    • Charles Sainte Claire
      Charles Sainte Claire 1 July, 2015, 22:19

      You want the rest of the herd to be immunized for you. How selfish. When I was a child it was virtually guaranteed you would get measles and children died by the thousands.

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    • Bill Gore
      Bill Gore 2 July, 2015, 06:18

      So when we are talking about killing unborn children in the service of sexual promicuity, it’s all about “my body, my choice.” But when control freak statists, bought and paid for by big pharma, decide not enough people are allowing state toxins to be injected into their bodies, they turn ‘volte face’ 180 degrees and enact a law Himmler would be proud of. What next-delousing showers? Perhaps with some Xyclon-B? And for most citizens the repetition of the phrase ‘herd immunity’ is enough. Stop and think for a moment: if vaccines actually work as advertised, then the vaccinated have nothing to fear. The unvaccinated take their chances. Herd immunity is a THEORY that when a sufficiently high percentage of a given population is vaccinated then the stray unvaccinated individual (say a recent undocumented peasant immigrant) will not encounter the pathogen and get sick. It is a theory, not a fact.

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  4. Bill - San Jose
    Bill - San Jose 1 July, 2015, 23:12

    My son (1998) got a waiver due to us feeling that he was not in any direct danger of Hep. We were told that he wouldn’t be permitted to go to school if there was an outbreak of Hep.

    I said “if there is an outbreak, what makes you think he’s coming to school anyway”?

    Nuff said. Screening for medical issues to those from third world countries should be mandatory. End of topic. Sorry but my kid first over any other kid.

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  5. Jesus Please Take the Wheel
    Jesus Please Take the Wheel 2 July, 2015, 00:55

    …We would want to hang together or we “definitely” will separately…. ? Doesn’t sb277 trumps the federal McKinney-Vento Act law about certain children’s status waives immunizations requirements?

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  6. NorCal Libertarian
    NorCal Libertarian 2 July, 2015, 11:16

    How about this…..the children, grandchildren nieces and nephews of every politician who voted “YES” on this bill should be vaccinated FIRST. Then let the parents decide if they want their own kids vaccinated if nothing happens to the politicos’ kids!

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  7. bob
    bob 5 July, 2015, 10:04

    Coming to a road near you in Vaxifornia…It’s Queegtastic…

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  8. Teddy Baby MD
    Teddy Baby MD 7 July, 2015, 06:50

    Vacinations are safe— we DID land on the moon– there are no Obama death panels–Bush didn’t do the WTC thing——- relax loons!

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    • bob
      bob 7 July, 2015, 13:05

      Then why is big pharm granted unlimited liability for their vaccines?

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