What scares me more is the "freedom from parents' religion" aspect- how will that affect vaccine exemptions?
Someone on a list I'm part of, just explained to me that there's a difference between rights and practice. I had mentioned on that list, what I'd heard on this thread from some mamas in countries where this has already been passed -- about how they have total freedom to unschool, refuse vaccination for their children, and do unassisted pregnancy and unassisted childbirth if they so choose.
This woman says that just because they're enjoying these freedoms now, doesn't mean the enforcing authorities will continue to allow that. She says passage of this declaration is a "train wreck waiting to happen."
So I don't know ... maybe there's more to it than just hearing how things are going in other countries where it's been passed. I know that in the U.S., there are already lots of people who'd like to enforce vaccination ... I recently read an article by a New York City mom about her son's first day of "Unkindergarten' -- and there were all these hateful comments about what a horrid parent she is for letting her 5yo sleep in and play in the mud ...
So, given all these judgmental attitudes (though I honestly don't know whether American parents tend to be more or less judgmental than European parents) -- I'm wondering if somehow the passage of this declaration could open the way for more coercive practices in the U.S.
Still, I really like Obama and am hoping for the best.