Hi Mamas! SB132 in Oregon which removes the Religious Exemption and replaces it with a limited Personal Exemption which you need a doctor's signature for, is being voted on in the House this Tuesday. If you care about Exemption rights in a time of ever increasing mandates, please contact your representative and/or plan to be in Salem on Tuesday.
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I am not that worried for MYSELF as I am very resourceful and more than that, resourced, so I can afford to go to any number of doctors seeking a signature, and the conversation that this bill wants me to have I have had many times over, with many MDs. However, doctors may interpret this as 'giving us permission' to skip vaxes and signing the form may have liability implications, real or perceived for them. Additionally rural women, with fewer resources will have no recourse if the first doctor they see says 'no' to signing the form.
There is supposed to be an online module, but the bill is incredibly vague on that point, some language has been removed, and what every module is developed will be entirely in control of the OHA, which is currently under investigation for colluding with Fluoride advocates on State time in Portland.
A lot of non-factual statements are being made in support of the bill. Senator Steiner Hayward actually said that the author of the MMR paper (presumably Wakefield) had 'recanted' his results. Um, no. They are also blaming the entire Pertussis outbreak on non-vax, which we know is patently false, even the CDC has said that is not the driving factor. Another Senator actually thought Wakefield's paper was about a 'non-toxic mercury compound'. Clearly much education is needed.\
Anyway, the vote is Tuesday. We need to, like CA & WA, @ least get a Religious Exemption added back in, as this form of Exemption is infinitely more stable & protected than a Personal Exemption.