Target: Colorado State Senator Tim Neville
Goal: Don’t let parents endanger their children and the children of others by opting out of vaccinations.
Thousands of innocent children may be put at risk of contracting entirely preventable diseases just because their parents have ideological issues with vaccination if legislation introduced by Colorado State Senator Tim Neville becomes law. This bill plays into the completely unfounded paranoia about vaccinations that has brought previously eradicated diseases roaring back. Demand that Senator Neville rescind his legislation from consideration so that it never becomes law.
Colorado is already the state with the lowest rates of child immunization in the country, with only 82% of children vaccinated against measles. This is due to Colorado’s “personal belief” vaccine exemption, which lets parents enroll their children in school without being required to immunize them.
Despite this existing law and the fact that it has set up the state up for what medical professionals say will be “a forest fire of a measles outbreak,” Senator Neville thinks that parents should have more legal coverage to endanger their children and the children of others, not less. His proposal, called the “Parent’s Bill of Rights,” would reemphasize a parent’s right to not get their children vaccinated by allowing them to make all of their children’s medical decisions until they turn 18.
In addition to letting children not get vaccinated, this proposal would allow parents to opt their children out of sex education, and give them the right to inject themselves into the child’s personal mental health and sexual health services. Clearly, this is proposal is no good for Colorado’s young people or for Colorado itself. Sign the petition below to demand that Senator Neville abandon this faulty legislation at once.
Dear Senator Neville,
I am writing you today regarding your Senate Bill 15-077. This proposal is dangerous and grants parents too much leniency in the health of their children and, indeed, the health of everyone else’s children.
As the developing nationwide measles outbreak demonstrates, there is a crisis in this country. Too many children, for no other reason than their parents’ unfounded paranoia about the effects of vaccines, have been left vulnerable to life-threatening diseases that were once largely thought eradicated. This, in turn, has put the children of families who legitimately cannot afford to vaccinate their children at risk of catching the disease and dying.
What’s important to realize here is that vaccination is not just a personal medical decision that exists in a vacuum—it is a responsibility we all have as members of a society that is made up of a lot more people than just ourselves. Vaccination is necessary to keep everyone as healthy as possible.
A parent’s right to determine their child’s healthcare should stop exactly when it begins to put others at risk, and vaccination is a prime example of that. We should be enforcing the collective responsibility of immunization, not giving parents more avenues from which to endanger everyone else’s children. I demand that you rescind Senate Bill 15-077 from consideration immediately.
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