Oregon parents can’t keep the state from vaccinating their kids.

Two parents who didn’t want to vaccinate their children due to their religious beliefs have lost their fight.

Marion County parents who lost custody of their eight young children last year also lost their fight Wednesday to prevent the state from immunizing the children.

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that the parents — identified only as S.M. and R.M. in the opinion — didn’t have the right to stop child welfare workers from having the children, ages 1 to 8, vaccinated against an array of infectious diseases.

Good!  You don’t get to visit harm in the real world upon your children just because you do it for religious beliefs.  When the state has the choice to allow harm to befall a human being or to respect someone’s religious beliefs, the choice should be obvious.

*should*

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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