One of the leading religious right groups in California appears to have embraced anti-vaccination hoakum. The Campaign for Children and Families--better known as SaveCalifornia.com--is trying to derail a bill that would strip the "personal beliefs" exemption to the childhood vaccination requirement. The bill is at the top of a list of bills SaveCalifornia.com wants defeated before Friday's deadline.
The action alert SaveCalifornia put out in June about this bill is laden with anti-vaxxer claptrap.
There are thousands of good parents who oppose vaccinating their young children due to the health risks of vaccinations, including destruction of the natural immunity process, acceleration of auto-immune disease processes, and possible triggering of autism in infants.The law would only allow parents to opt out of vaccines if they participate in an information session about the risks of avoiding vaccines, and get a signed waiver from a health care professional that they attended that session. According to SaveCalifornia.com, this amounts to a "professional berating."
An increasing number of informed parents are concerned about toxic additives used in vaccines, the serious risks and side effects associated with receiving them, and how the long-term health of children may be permanently affected by the "professional" vaccine schedule.
As tone-deaf as it sounds on its face, it's especially tone-deaf when you consider that earlier this summer, California recently declared an outbreak of whooping cough--a disease which is completely preventable by vaccines. Other states have reported spikes in mumps and measles. And these people have the nerve to claim their rights to raise their kids are being violated? What about the rights of other kids? If that wasn't enough to shoot down this group's credibility, it links to information detailing the risks of vaccines from a health site that claims the Aurora shooting was staged.
Unfortunately, this hoakum appears to have gotten legs on the fringe. The 700 Club profiled this story on Friday--a sign that anti-vaccination lunacy has become "mainstream" among the religious right.
It's hard to imagine that this bill won't pass in the wake of the recent whooping cough outbreak. Still, lunacy like this is proof you can't take anything to chance.