(NBC Connecticut) – The Connecticut Senate has passed a bill that would remove the religious exemption for childhood vaccinations.
The Senate vote was 22-14.
The controversial bill drew huge crowds to the Capitol on Tuesday. People lined Capitol Avenue all the way down to the Legislative Office Building, holding up signs that say “Parents call the shots,” “My body, my kids, my choice,” and “Coercion is not consent.”
They oppose the move to remove the religious exemption clause for child vaccinations.
Proponents of the bill argue that a highly contagious disease like measles could overwhelm a school with a low herd immunity rate and adversely affect those children who can’t receive a vaccine for medical reasons.
“All we’re doing is closing a loophole for nonmedical exemption,” said Sen. Bob Duff, Senate majority leader. “People are abusing quote unquote religious exemptions for non-religious reasons only because they don’t believe in health and science.”
Duff said the bill will grandfather in students attending K-12 with non-medical exemptions. Those not yet enrolled in school wouldn’t be able to enroll unless they have had their vaccinations for things like measles, mumps and rubella. The only exemption allowed would be for medical reasons. Read Full Article >