California -- home of Jenny McCarthy -- is about to join West Virginia in the 21st century.
From the Los Angeles Times:
California lawmakers Thursday approved one of the toughest mandatory vaccination laws in the nation, legislation that would eliminate the option for parents to keep their children from being vaccinated based on religious or other personal beliefs.
The measure, the most controversial taken up by the Legislature this year, would require all children who enter kindergarten in California to be vaccinated against diseases including measles and whooping cough unless a physician approves an exemption based on medical conditions such as allergies and immune system deficiencies.
“As a mother, I understand the decisions we make about our children’s health care are deeply personal,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), a supporter of the bill. “While I respect the fundamental right to make that decision as a family, we must balance that with the fact that none of us has the right to endanger others.”
The Assembly approved the legislation Thursday morning on a bipartisan vote of 46-31. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) opposed the bill, telling his colleagues before the vote that it violated the rights of parents to decide medical treatment for their children.
"The broadness of this bill likely also dooms it from a constitutional standpoint," Gatto said, accusing the state of "infringing on the rights of certain students to attend school." Supporters said it was necessary to protect all children.
"I'm a fierce supporter of parent choice in this decision. But I also believe with choice comes personal responsibility" said Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker of San Ramon. The Senate, which passed the measure earlier this month, is expected to approve minor amendments to the bill made in the Assembly and then send it to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.The hippies are learning. I'll grant Moonbeam and company that.