California vaccine bill sparks acidic debate, Nazi links

Apr 11, 2015 11:14 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a Disneyland measles outbreak has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author was under added security this week.

Authorities wouldn't specify the extra protections around state Sen. Richard Pan on Friday, but the level of anger over the measure has been clear.

Opponents have flooded the Capitol to stand up for parental rights, and images that compare Pan to Adolf Hitler have circulated online.

Pan, a Democratic pediatrician from Sacramento, said it's unfortunate that a sub-segment of opponents are engaging in vitriol and intimidation tactics.

Pan said he introduced the measure to limit inoculation waivers after a measles outbreak in December that started at Disneyland and sickened more than 100 people across the U.S. and in Mexico.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Most Popular