California: “Get Vaccinated or Homeschool”
With the signing of a new vaccination law, the most populous state in America has sent a clear message to parents: vaccinate your children or homeschool them.
The National Journal reported that the law, which California Governor Jerry Brown made official on June 16, prevents parents from sending their children to school if they’ve opted out of vaccines. Mississippi and West Virginia have similar laws.
“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown wrote in a statement. “While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”
When the bill was proposed in April, many news outlets began reporting that the vaccination law would lead parents to homeschool.
“It will be the greatest gift that could possibly happen to them, the state forcing them into feeling that they need to home school their children,” said Rose Vasquez, a homeschool mom living in the North San Francisco Bay Area. “They’ll homeschool and they’ll look back and say, why didn’t I do this sooner?”
With a population of approximately 38.8 million, California contains more people than the 21 least populous states combined.
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