California Senate Passes Bill Ending “Personal Beliefs” Vaccines Loophole

fox-news vaccinesVaccines do not cause autism. Repeat after me, vaccines DO NOT cause autism. We’ve been over this time and time again, but there are still people out there who take the advice of D-list celebrities and a discredited British doctor over the overwhelming consensus of the medical and scientific communities.

Yet, there are still states here in America that allow unvaccinated children to attend public schools and put others at risk. These actions are not only based in paranoia and ignorance, but they’re also incredibly selfish and dangerous.

After a series of measles outbreaks, people are finally beginning to push back against the anti-vaccine movement which has grown in popularity over the last couple decades. In the past, the anti-vaxxers (based on my personal experience) tended to be a fringe group of anti-government conspiracy nuts and a few New Age types who were firm believers in forgoing anything that wasn’t “natural medicine.” While I was lucky enough to get all of my vaccines as a child, some of my younger siblings did not, based on stories being passed around the “pro-life” movement concerning the MMR vaccine.

In recent years, the anti-vaccine hysteria has slowly crept out of the shadows and has gained traction, thanks in part to celebrity activists like Rob Schneider and Robert F. Kennedy Jr stating that vaccines cause autism – even though there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to back up their statements. Now the California Senate has passed a law which removes the personal beliefs exemption loophole which has contributed to low vaccination rates across the state.

The bill, which eliminates the so-called personal beliefs exemption allowing parents to forego vaccinations if opposed to them for any reason, was introduced after a measles outbreak at Disneyland last year that sickened more than 100 people.

“The personal beliefs exemption is endangering the public,” said Democratic state Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician and co-author of the bill. The measure still allows children to attend school without vaccinations for medical reasons.

In recent years, vaccination rates at many California schools have plummeted as parents, some of whom fear a link between vaccines and autism, have declined to inoculate their children against such diseases as polio and measles.

Although the vast majority of children are vaccinated, at some schools, many in affluent, liberal enclaves, vaccination rates are well below the 92 percent needed to maintain the group immunity required to protect those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or who have weak immune systems. (Source)

Personal beliefs and the freedom to practice them are part of what this country was founded on. However, when personal beliefs endanger public health and put other people at risk, individual rights are not unlimited and do not supersede the rights of everyone else. While many people who have fallen for the “alternative medicine” quackery are simply naive, individuals like Mike Adams from Natural News or Dr. Joseph Mercola are making a small fortune promoting pseudoscience and comparing their critics to genocidal Nazi war criminals. Robert F. Kennedy Jr recently had to apologize for comparing autism and vaccines to the Holocaust while promoting his anti-vaccine film “Trace Amounts,” and it doesn’t stop there.

Another lesser-known anti-vaccine activist is the German doctor Ryke Geerd Hamer who has stated that vaccines and modern medicine are a Jewish plot to kill non-Jews. He even created his own “New German Medicine,” which is based in part on anti-Semitism as well as a rejection of conventional medicine based on conspiracies. Here’s a portion of a German article on him, translated by Google:

In the GNM-Hamer idea came after the death of his son, who died of a gunshot wound. Loss conflict and testicular cancer fell for him together. This coincidence was for Hamer “the spark”. That his habilitation thesis and teaching have not been adopted, was the influence of “Jewish lodges” owed. This would affect professors, judges and journalists in order to enforce an “unprecedented insight suppression campaign”. He goes on to say that the “silly old orthodox medicine is a Jewish medicine actually” and that it would be “the mad struggle of Talmudic Zionists to want to kill all non-Jews.”

The death of the Son he says, have brought to mankind the “knowledge of this religious world domination madness”. The Jews would even apply the GNM and “survival to 98 percent,” he explains, “while my German non-Jewish compatriots and all non-Jews should be forced to continue to endure the idiotic Jewish Benign-Malignant-religious medicine, on the one at 98 percent chemo and morphine dies “.

The studied theologian also announced that after the “Jewish religion” the destruction of the Gentiles until the “messianic kingdom of the Jews” enable. Critical voices are heard from the medical gurus Hamer followers barely. They prefer to speak of the “chemo-Holocaust”. (Source)

There are legitimate reasons to distrust the medical and pharmaceutical industries (both conventional and alternative), but there’s a difference between healthy skepticism and irrational paranoia fueled by dangerous and hateful individuals like Ryke Geerd Hamer or Mike Adams. Vaccines are proven to be safe and extremely effective in eliminating diseases that have killed or crippled millions – this is something that we shouldn’t have to be debating in the year 2015. Kudos to the California State Senate for their work in trying to close this loophole which puts the public at risk and serves no other purpose than to lend credibility to discredited charlatans like Andrew Wakefield.


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  • Jay Kahl

    It’s amazing that you believe politicians can be bought but it appears you don’t think scientists and Drs. can be bought! If you believe vaccines are so safe, you are just as ignorant as the masses. Here’s another angle…if you and your family are vaccinated, what are you so worried about?!

    • Dr. Dolph Lundgren

      The unprotected.

    • Jeeebusss

      “if you and your family are vaccinated, what are you so worried about?!”

      Thank you for clearly demonstrating you don’t have a f**king clue how vaccines or herd immunity work. You opened your mouth and removed all doubt.

      • PrinceAshitaka

        I’m not Anti-vac. I have all my shots and I plan on keeping them up to date. But Anti-vac people are NOT against the CONCEPT of Vaccines, it’s big pharma they don’t trust. I get that, 100%. People no longer trust the drug companies that make, them. I don’t see why that is so hard for you to understand.
        I mean I get it. Big Pharma sucks. I don’t understand how anyone could have, or support blind faith in big pharma. If we are going to make people get shots then we should make SURE anti-vacs are wrong, instead of just telling ourselves “everything is fine” like an abused spouses mantra.


    If I had a kid that age I’d still want the separate vaccines not the cocktail.

    • Jeeebusss

      Why? What evidence do you have that this makes any difference other than your own imagination?

      • PrinceAshitaka

        We’re just talking here man. We don’t need to show evidence, this is just disqus, Is you’re own imagination telling you we are in a court of law and you are judge?

      • benC

        If people were more evidenced based instead of listening to every fear that crosses their mind,we wouldn`t have this stupid debate in the first place.
        So looking for evidence is not a bad exercise to do instead of lazily sticking to one`s fear.

      • PrinceAshitaka

        considering its fear of getting sick that motivates people into getting vaccines in the first place, that argument is a bit hypocritical, don’t you think?

      • benC

        Not at all.My choices are made by making myself well informed.
        For some one who says that anti-vaxxers are wrong ,you sure defend their bad decisions and attack those who made the right decision an awful lot…
        I stand by my previous post without fear of being an hypocrite(especially when being called one by someone who doesn`t know me in an attempt to score a cheap point).

      • Randy Nichols

        What happened to a person having say over their body? If they don’t want the vaccine for any reason it is their business.

      • PrinceAshitaka

        I agree. I am Pro Choice.

      • I-RIGHT-I

        Who cares? It would be my choice and get the job done. If it would make me sleep better at night knowing my boy got the singles and spread apart what’s that to you?