We are sad to report that the Oregon House has voted 35-25 to end all nonmedical exemptions to vaccinations required to attend schools and day cares in Oregon. Click here to read Bill 3063 in its entirety.
In a statement, Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, said,
“House Bill 3063 is about saving lives, protecting children and communities, believing in sound science, and building immunity from dangerous diseases. I am encouraged that it has passed through the House and hope my colleagues in the Senate agree that this legislation is vital to protect those among us who cannot be vaccinated due to legitimate medical reasons. Passing House Bill 3063 will provide Oregonians with freedom from fear, freedom from sickness, freedom from quarantines and freedom from diseases that can kill.”1
But Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, who voted against the bill said,
“HB 3063 will force doctors to violate their Hippocratic Oath and throw out children from school simply because their doctors want to delay or forego certain vaccinations.
Today, we are on the verge of perhaps amending a major portion of Oregon’s constitution without actually using the correct process of amending it. HB 3063 violates U.S. law as well by creating a kind of segregation.
This bill goes directly against the ruling of Brown v. the Board of Education by mandating separate educational facilities for those who are fully vaccinated and those who are not. And, Merck—the sole provider of the MMR vaccine—is getting sued because they manipulated the data about their vaccines. The bill’s use of the emergency clause jeopardizes the credibility of the Legislature. Frankly, to rush this bill forward as an emergency measure is counterfactual and suggests that those pushing the bill recognize that the bill may not pass if presented to voters.”1
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration and if it passes there and reaches Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, she has made it clear she will sign it.
Currently, Oregon has one of the most relaxed vaccination laws and is one of 17 states that allows parents to make decisions about whether or not to vaccinate their children whether that be for philosophical, personal and religious reasons. (They currently have the highest non-medical kindergarten exemption rate in the country at 7.6%. Which isn’t all that high.)
Rep. Mitch Greenlick, (D- Portland) who was behind the bill, said HB3063 was about “whether children live or die” of “preventable diseases.” (One can only assume he’s erroneously thinking about the current measles hysteria, something that less than 100 people in Washington and Oregon got measles. Again, measles isn’t a disease. It’s a virus and getting it offers both lifetime immunity from the virus and has some cancer protecting properties.)
Under the Oregon proposal:1
- Families could only claim medical exemptions to vaccines
- Unvaccinated children would still be able to attend online and home school, but they could not go to in-person school-related activities.
- And lawmakers amended the bill to make it easier for parents to seek medical exemptions.
The measure now goes to the Senate and if it passes, Oregon will join California, Mississippi and West Virginia in only allowing medical exemptions.