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  •  and he signed the vaccine bill. (4+ / 0-)
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    wu ming, grover, jpmassar, sukeyna

    Requires parents who want to exempt their kids from vaccinations, to see a doctor and get a doctor's note.  

    This becomes the opportunity for doctors to disabuse parents of anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, and should hopefully increase the rate of vaccination among school kids.

    Brown also inserted a "check-box religious exemption" into his signing statement on the bill.  However that exemption will be defeated as soon as it gets taken to court, which is a foregone conclusion.  

    So now what we need to do is to find atheists who are willing to sue on equal protection grounds, and get the ACLU to take the case, and the rest will follow automatically.

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 01:20:45 AM PDT

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    •  yup (5+ / 0-)
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      that was a good one. another part to that bill IIRC is that if an outbreak occurs, unvaccinated kids cannot attend school, for their safety and those of other children, which puts a burden on parents of unvaccinated kids, appropriately.

      i'm less sure the courts will toss the religious exemption, but they're a small part of the antivax population anyways. CA has already done pretty well with upping the herd immunity, the whopping cough thing crashed pretty decisively this year.

      i was less pleased to see brown veto lois wolk's bill mandating the vaccination of health workers by 2015, claiming it was "unrealistic." i don't see any reason why a state cannot simply make sure that all medical workers are vaccinated in any given year, honestly. buy the vaccine and distribute it.

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