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California Senate approves mandatory vaccination bill
Posted: 02 July 2015 05:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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IN a similar vein I was listening to last weeks FFRF podcast about religious exemptions for medical treatment of children and had no idea that so many states essentially allow parents to substitute prayer for appropriate medical care for children right up to and through the point of death with no legal repercussion what so ever. It varies from state to state but even in some very liberal states Christian Scientists can literally allow their children to die from an illness that standard medical treatment would have cured and there is no protection for the child or punishment of the parents.

It never ceases to amaze me the length that religious zealots will go to in order to protect their beliefs, but it also demonstrates the need for limits on parental rights when it comes to making decisions for their children

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Posted: 02 July 2015 07:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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macgyver - 02 July 2015 05:59 AM

IN a similar vein I was listening to last weeks FFRF podcast about religious exemptions for medical treatment of children and had no idea that so many states essentially allow parents to substitute prayer for appropriate medical care for children right up to and through the point of death with no legal repercussion what so ever. It varies from state to state but even in some very liberal states Christian Scientists can literally allow their children to die from an illness that standard medical treatment would have cured and there is no protection for the child or punishment of the parents.

It never ceases to amaze me the length that religious zealots will go to in order to protect their beliefs, but it also demonstrates the need for limits on parental rights when it comes to making decisions for their children

First I agree that children’s rights for medical treatment need to be protected, but where, on the spectrum of parents rights and responsibilities and an outside authorities rights and responsibilities, do you draw the line?  Right now it seems to be too much in favor of the parents, but that is only a problem when the parents are ignorant of reality.  If the parent is well informed and reasonable, the child gets sick and they call a doctor.  It is only the uninformed and ignorant that believe they can “pray” the illness away, and these are the victims of those who would mislead them for profit.

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Posted: 02 July 2015 01:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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There is one thing that will happen. Medical exemptions are permitted. That means there will be a groundswell of “doctors” and pseudo doctors who will be selling medical exemptions to the highest bidders, especially in California.. Just watch.

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Posted: 02 July 2015 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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LoisL - 02 July 2015 01:54 PM

There is one thing that will happen. Medical exemptions are permitted. That means there will be a groundswell of “doctors” and pseudo doctors who will be selling medical exemptions to the highest bidders, especially in California.. Just watch.

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The law (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/sen/sb_0251-0300/sb_277_bill_20150219_introduced.html) does not seem to specify the required credentials of the person authorizing the medical exemption. That could be an unfortunate loop hole if it allows chiropractors and Naturopaths to give exemptions since they know nothing about any of the medical conditions that would justify such an exemption.

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