Oregon lawmaker drops bill to ban most vaccine exemptions

Mar 11, 2015 3:20 PM by News Staff

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Legislation aiming to pressure Oregon parents to get their kids vaccinated has been abandoned because of formidable opposition in a state that has the nation's highest rate of immunization exemptions that aren't for medical reasons.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, said Wednesday that pushback largely revolved around who was right or wrong about the benefits of vaccines and she has decided not to pursue the legislation.

She proposed the measure following a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and spread to other states. Three other states have proposed similar bills.

The Oregon effort would have eliminated personal, religious and philosophical exemptions to vaccine requirements.

The bill drew heated testimony from parents who argued it took away their medical freedom and right to informed consent.

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