State legislators have proposed a bill that would take away the right of parents to make informed medical decisions for their own children. House Bill 2009 would eliminate the “personal objection” exemption to our state’s mandatory vaccination law, preventing parents from choosing whether, when and against what illnesses to vaccinate their children.
As a mother, I deeply understand the concern with preventing communicable illness. But the measles cases reported in California do not justifying this overstep of legislative authority. Medical decisions should be made by parents, in consultation with their doctors, not by legislators in Olympia.