A group of parents recently protested outside Senator Jeff Stone’s office in Murrieta. The group consisted of business owners, parents and a medical professional angry over Senate Bill 277 that Stone R-Temecula supported forcing all children to be vaccinated if they attend public schools in California.
SB 277 also mandates that all schoolchildren, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs must be vaccinated. This law was passed with a 46 to 30 vote last month.
The bill was created after a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in December created over 130 cases of measles.
Parents protesting include Shannon Brown who organized last weeks’ event.
Brown said, “I never thought a health decision I made for my children would result in them losing their educational rights guaranteed under the state constitution.”
Brown said when she first had children she never thought not to vaccinate but when her child had a severe reaction to the polio vaccine her stance changed.
“My daughter was two when she got the polio shot. She immediately threw up and had green snot coming from her nose and was shaking,” said Brown. Browns daughter who is today nine-years old is said to have learning disabilities. “We didn’t vaccinate our second child and as a result we are not seeing any of the same symptoms we saw in our daughter.”
Dr. Chris Boman supported the parents protesting. He said that the ingredients in the vaccines are a major concern. The preservatives, presence of mercury in the shots could be linked to autism and other issues in children.
“Parents need to educate themselves on the chemicals in these vaccines,” said Boman.
Terall Weideman a mom from Lake Elsinore said she stopped into Stone’s office before SB 277 was passed.
“Stone told me he would request the religious and philosophical exemptions. I feel like he lied to me,” said Weideman.
Weideman said she also vaccinated her first child.
“My oldest child had 34 vaccines before the age of two then we started to notice sensory changes in our child,” said Weideman. “We are told science is clear. Science is not clear.”
Stone who is a pharmacist and educated in drugs and immunizations has told the media that parents who oppose the bill don’t recognize it still gives the right not to vaccinate.
Stone wrote on his webpage, “It’s important to note that SB 277 does nothing to mandate that parents vaccinate their children. It simply states that children who go to public schools need to be vaccinated unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from receiving vaccines.”
The bill was signed into law on June 30 by Governor Jerry Brown. Brown wrote in his signing of the bill message, “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.”
Brown supported the medical exemption of vaccination. A physician has the authority to grant a medical exemption to children who have had severe reactions to vaccines in the past, and to a family member of someone who has had a reaction to a vaccine.
On July 1, former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly filed papers to qualify a referendum against SB 277. Donnelly stated, “This referendum is not about vaccinations; it is about defending the fundamental freedom of a parent to make an informed decisions for their children without being unduly penalized by a government that believes it knows best.”
Aneta Michalczuk a parent with two children ages two and four from Murrieta said, “If I had my choice I would scream to parents to not vaccinate.”
Some parents said they are looking to move out of state if SB 277 is not recalled.
The group of protestors is joining forces with other parents around the state to get rid of SB 277 and to recall Stone.
“This bill is definitely a major deciding factor when voting in next election,” said Weideman.
Boman said there will be an educational movie shown on August 17 at Edwards Cinema in Temecula at 7:30p.m. on vaccinations. “It is not a pro or anti-vaccination movie it is educational and talks about the ingredients inside the vaccines,” said Boman.
The link to the Donnelly’s referendum: www.SB277Referendum.com
Senator Jeff Stone webpage: http://stone.cssrc.us/