The American Medical Association (AMA) recently voted to oppose religious or philosophical exemptions for childhood vaccinations, in what its members hope will be a determinative blow against informed consent and a parent’s right to protect the bodily integrity of their child.
Two states already deny parents and children these rights under law. Neither Mississippi nor West Virginia allow for a religious or philosophical exemption by law. These states coincidentally both rank at the very bottom in both education (43rd and 50th) and economic (50th and 45th) outcomes, but suddenly the AMA finds them “cutting-edge.”
A bill in California (SB277) is being steam-rolled through the legislature in a rush to outlaw parental conscience in that state as well, which in part has fueled the AMA’s decision.
“We have a bill presently in California at the state legislature to remove all non-medical exemptions. We’re worried that weak AMA policy will [affect] the California state legislature,” admitted California AMA delegate Mark H. Kogan, MD, according to MedPageToday.
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