California lawmakers face second round in vaccine debate

Apr 15, 2015 10:17 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers are preparing for a second round of heated talks on whether California should limit vaccination waivers for schoolchildren.

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday will consider a bill that prevents parents from seeking vaccination exemptions because of religious or personal beliefs.

Supporters say the measure would increase vaccination rates after a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December. But opponents say the bill tramples on parental rights.

The topic has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author is under added security.

Among the critics is Robert Kennedy Jr., who apologized this week for describing the number of children injured by vaccines as "a holocaust."

If the bill passes, California would join Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict vaccine rules.

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