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OPINION: Assemblyman Donnelly Urges Governor to Veto Vaccine Bill

Donnelly has sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown asking him to veto a bill that would require parents who do not want their children vaccinated to get signed statements before they can be exempted.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has released a letter he sent to Governor Jerry Brown that urged a veto of AB 2109 authored by Assemblyman Richard Pan of Sacramento.

The bill requires parents who their children to receive immunizations to submit a statement signed by their health care provider that verifies they received information on the risks and benefits of vaccines.

Opponents of the bill includes actor Rob Schneider, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, who says he feels parents are being forced to get vaccinations despite what he feels are clear risks.

Assemblyman Donnelly was one of 29 NO votes on the Assembly Floor during the vote earlier this monthhis, according to Donnelly's office. The bill was sent to Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 6.

September 17, 2012

Dear Governor Brown,

I am writing to urge your prudent veto of AB 2109, which received bi-partisan opposition. This bill impedes parents' right to make the best medical choices for their family, costs families in the midst of an economic downturn, and violates the religious freedom of many California residents. New research is streaming in every day about the controversial effects of vaccines; it is imperative that parents are able to take charge of their children's medical decisions.

By forcing families to involve a third party in personal healthcare decisions, AB 2109 assumes that parents are unable or unwilling to make informed decisions without the oversight of the state. This sentiment is in direct contradiction with the trust our founders had in the people. No one care more for a child's health than mom and dad and there is nothing stopping them from consulting a doctor about the pros and cons of vaccinations, before opting out. That is a parent's choice though, not the Legislature's.

Besides impeding parental rights, this bill brings up two additional concerns.

First, this will make the process more complicated and costly for parents trying to make the best decisions for their children. Doctor appointments can be time-consuming and costly. This bill would add that extra burden of both time and money to families in a recession. It will also cause longer waits for patients needing medical treatment for existing ailments.

Second, this bill raises constitutionality question as many religions object to modern medicine. This would force observers to consult with a physician despite religious objection. It also could apply pressure contrary to an individual's religious or philosophical beliefs regarding which medicines are or are not appropriate for their families.

In the end, AB 2109 compromises a fundamental right of parents to direct the care and upbringing of their children and could violate an individual's right to follow religious standards. I strongly urge you to take a stand and preserve these rights with a swift veto of this bill.

Godspeed,

Tim Donnelly

Assemblyman; 59th District

RB September 19, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Ahh Republicans-gotta' love em'-so how does this stance "third party involved in personal healthcare decisions' mesh with their desire to control a woman's right to choice?
RB September 19, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Ahhh Republicans-gotta' love em'-how does this concern over 'third party' involvement in 'personal healthcare decisions' match with their stance on 'third party' involvement in a woman's 'personal healthcare decisions'??
Stamford Bridge September 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Isn't there some supporting evidence to the claim, that vaccines MAY be a contributing factor to the skyrocketing number of autism cases since 1990? Obviously this is a tough topic and it would seem maybe we should at least investigate possible connections. I'm sure school teachers would agree, there are more and more autistic children in mainstream schools, Autism is a tough one, it seems like its harder of the parents than it is on the kids...
Concerned September 19, 2012 at 08:18 PM
What does this have to be a republican versus democrat thing with all these comments. I am a mother of an autistic child and do believe that vaccines have caused the Autism epidemic. At least I believe it is part of the problem besides environmental factors. There have been studies that have shown the shots caused these problems but the govt continues to hide this information from the public. However last year Mothers won a case against the govt when they proved that the US govt tried to pay them to keep quiet after their children got Autism. So this is not a republican versus democrat thing. I know parents on all sides of political party lines that feel this way. 1 out of 57 boys are now getting this ailment. I don't feel that parents should have to have a note from their doctor exempting them. If they want to exempt them, let them. Also, I understand why shots are needed. But maybe a compromise could be made where shots are spread out. A newborn when first born does not have the necessary antibodies in its body until after about 8 weeks. That's why it's good for a mother to breastfeed if she can, because antibodies are provided.
Concerned September 19, 2012 at 08:20 PM
That is not the topic being discussed here. However, since you brought it up, why doesn't the baby rights and choice matter as they are being murdered within the womb with abortion. I get tired of people acting like all women want is contraceptives and killing of their unborn babies. Women have more value than that. Contraceptives can be purchased via the pill for 8 bucks at Walmart and if it's in regards to condoms those name brand ones can be purchased at 99 cent only stores and other retail stores. But this article is about shots not Women Rights.

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