Melendez Opposes Bill Mandating Vaccinations

Menifee 24/7 file photo Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, today issued a statement in opposition to Senate Bill 277, w...

Menifee 24/7 file photo

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, today issued a statement in opposition to Senate Bill 277, which she voted against before it passed by a 46-30 vote today in Sacramento.

The controversial bill, if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would mandate vaccinations for all school children, regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs. Only medical exemptions would be allowed.

"Today’s vote was not about whether or not you support vaccines," Melendez said in a statement released to the media. "It was about the freedom to make our own choices as citizens. I am concerned this legislation is yet another overreach of the state trying to dictate how we live our lives.

"As a mother, I made the choice to have my children vaccinated because I believe that was right for my family. By denying the ability for parents to choose what is right for their children, we are robbing Californians from one of their most essential liberties. This is not about vaccines; it is about whether or not the government should be telling us how to raise our children."

The issue of vaccinations came to the forefront again after an outbreak of measles traced to Disneyland in December. If the bill is signed into law, California would become only the third state in the U.S. -- joining Mississippi and West Virginia -- that deny religious exemptions and allow only medical exemptions as a legitimate reason to avoid vaccinations.

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  1. Melendez probably wasn't around when Polio was crippling so many people and look what happened when we got vaccinated. Get your kids vaccinated so other kids don't get your kids junk

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  2. This is negligence. What about those children without immunity???! What about them? Public school children need to be vaccinated. End of story.

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