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Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:02 AM

Effort to remove CT's religious exemption from childhood vaccinations heads to House - and Senate

Legislation that would remove Connecticut’s religious exemption from mandatory school vaccinations is headed to the House and Senate after the Public Health Committee approved two identical bills Wednesday, saying it wanted to give the proposal the best chance of succeeding by sending it to both chambers at once.

It’s unclear which chamber will take up the bill first. House Speaker Matthew Ritter declined to discuss the timetable for a vote but said he’s confident the measure will win approval.

“The religious exemption will be removed from Connecticut state statute this year,” Ritter said in an interview Wednesday. “I think there’s going to be some debate about when it will be effective and which grades it will apply to. But the committee vote demonstrates that there’s broad support to do this.”

“It’s a very emotional issue, and each member has to make their own determination,” he said. “But the overall question of whether we should have a religious exemption going forward in Connecticut, I think the answer is that people realize it’s not going to happen.”

Read more: https://ctmirror.org/2021/03/31/effort-to-remove-cts-religious-exemption-to-childhood-vaccinations-heads-to-house-and-senate/

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TexasTowelie Apr 2021 OP
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2021 #1
TexasTowelie Apr 2021 #2
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2021 #3
SheltieLover Apr 2021 #4
Danmel Apr 2021 #5

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:17 AM

1. I can't believe that a law like this could possibly still exist now

When I was a kid, I can remember getting needed inoculations while at school.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:36 AM

2. So did I.

I still have the scar from my smallpox vaccination.,

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 04:43 AM

3. Oh, me too!

Mine is on my leg. My mother told me that they were just starting to do that so it wouldn't show up as a scar on your arm. My grandmother had one there that was very noticeable. And my cousin has brought up her kids in CT, I wonder if she knows. However, she's "one of us," meaning not crazy - except about cats....

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 05:56 AM

4. Religion has no place in public policy

Glad they are getting rid of the exemption!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Apr 1, 2021, 07:03 AM

5. New York eliminated the religious exemption in 2018

During a measles epidemic. I work for a state elected official. The push back was unbelievable. But it didn't come from religious organizations or churches, temples, synagogues or mosques. I think 95% of the anti-vaxxers used "religion " as their excuse. When it was gone they all complained that they couldn't get medical exemptions. Of course they couldn't. They didn't need it.
The religious organizations we heard from, including the Christian Science church, all supported removing the exemption.

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