Recent hearings in California on SB277 -- a bill to mandate vaccines and eliminate exemptions for children attending public and private schools, day care, etc. -- have been eye-opening for me. I am appalled by what I have heard and seen during legislative hearings where inaccurate information is presented by those in support of vaccine mandates and testimonies of concerned parents, vaccine choice advocates and the vaccine injured community are ignored.
Our right to refuse vaccines for personal and religious beliefs in the U.S. is under attack at the state and federal level. Defining the word "religion" is difficult; and many laypeople and government officials, don't understand that a deeply held religious belief -- as difficult as it might be to explain -- has to do with a person's relationship with their God and not necessarily the church where they worship or a denomination to which they might belong. In addition, for many of us, a deeply held religious belief is so closely intertwined with our personal, philosophical and moral beliefs, that it can not be separated.
Many catholics, christians and non-christians who are opposed to abortion, often do not know that several vaccines are made using aborted fetal cell lines; and that vaccine ingredients include DNA from aborted fetal cells along with other toxic substances. In addition to the moral implications, adverse health effects including autism are linked to aborted fetal cell vaccines. Learn more here and here.
I encourage everyone reading this post to share this information with clergy and laypeople alike. Let's do what we can to engage others and work together for the protection of religious freedom and vaccine choice rights. You can also send a thank you to Senator Anderson, or post a comment on his Facebook page.
"Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." 2 Corinthians 7:1