I am going to state right off the bat that I disagree with removing religious or personal belief exemptions for schools. Whether that be private or public or homeschooling.
Having said that, I am not totally against requiring parents to sit down with a doctor or watch a video that discusses the benefits and risks of vaccines and the risks of diseases before being able to sign the exemption form. I think this serves two purposes: The first one is that it will make parents who aren't against vaccines but have just been signing the waivers for convenience more likely to vaccinate their children since they have to go to the doctor anyway. Second, I think it is important that parents are truly informed. Making an informed decision means hearing from both sides of the issue. It ensures that parents are at least listening to both sides.
So for debate, I have read a lot of non vaccinating parents are against this bill and I just don't really understand why. If the goal really is for parents to make an informed decision, shouldn't that include talking to a doctor about the benefits of vaccines?
Here's part of the bill for those of you who aren't familiar with it.
This bill would require, on and after July 1, 2013, the above-described letter or affidavit to be accompanied by a form prescribed by the State Department of Public Health that includes a written statement signed by a health care practitioner, as defined, that indicates that the health care practitioner provided the parent or guardian of the person, or the person, if an emancipated minor, who is subject to the immunization requirements with information regarding the benefits and risks of the immunization and the health risks of specified communicable diseases.
Things have been getting a little heated on this forum the last several days so lets please try not to turn this thread into a hole of ugliness. I really am just curious. And who knows? Maybe I'm the only one (even pro vaccine) who agrees with this kind of bill. I'm open to changing my mind if someone brings up a point I hadn't considered. So I'd really like to hear why you are against or in favor of the bill.
Edit: I am also going to add that I think that only MDs should be able to sign off on the bill. No nurses, or PAs or homeopaths etc.
Double Edit: Unless they are allowed to be primary care providers in your state.
Edited by teacozy - 10/31/13 at 11:03am