After Rockland County, New York banned the unvaccinated under 18 years old (which was overturned) from public spaces, Missouri lawmakers are considering making a move that would prevent that from happening in their state. (However, a similar measure failed to make it to the House floor last year. Let’s hope it passes this time.)
Yesterday, the bill was reviewed in a House committee and would “prohibit discrimination in daycares, doctors’ offices and public schools if children have legal exemptions to immunizations.”1 Currently, Missouri grants vaccine exemptions for religious and medical reasons.
And this decision comes just in time as some parents testified to lawmakers that their unvaccinated children had been turned away from daycares or doctors. According to pharmacist and bill sponsor, Rep. Lynn Morris, parents are being bullied to vaccinate their children.
Where there is risk there must be choice.