California is gearing up to remove the “personal belief” exemption from children’s vaccines. That’s important:
The reason why California lawmakers are considering SB 277 is because scientists have figured out that once the portion of a population that’s been vaccinated drops below 95 percent or so, that population no longer enjoys herd immunity. Without herd immunity, highly contagious diseases like measles can flourish. According to data compiled by the New York Times, more than a quarter of California kindergartens are currently below the herd immunity rate.
But leave it to the religious and science-dumb to dig their heels in against something sensible:
According to State Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen, however, the idea of requiring vaccinations for children in public and private schools “erodes parental rights.” In an interview on the Broeske & Musson radio program last week, Olsen declared that, despite the Disneyland outbreak, “there’s really no need for this bill whatsoever,” dismissing it as an “emotional reaction” to a “one-time incident.”
“I think this is an example of people overreacting to incidences,” Olsen told the hosts. “What we need to make sure in Sacramento is we’re making decisions based on logic and sound data.”
Lady, this is your stomping grounds. Pay attention. Read a newspaper instead of your Bible and then you might know that your fucking state had a whooping cough outbreak just last year. I live 3000 miles away and even I remember that. As far as “parental rights” go, I want to know-has she ever met any parents? We all suck. We make bad decisions on behalf of our kids every fucking day. That is why we need standards of care. I am grateful for the expert guidelines that serve my communities, because I sure as fuck don’t know everything. I can’t. It’s a complex, scary world and I will take all the help I can get to not have my kid die before I do.
You’re endangering your children with religious bullshit. Fuck off.