As the California legislature considers a bill that would eliminate almost all exemptions from laws that mandate vaccines for students in schools, the ACLU of California is actually siding with the anti-vaccine crowd and claiming that there is no compelling reason to require vaccinations.
Earlier this month, an attorney for the venerable civil rights group wrote a letter to the bill’s two Democratic authors, Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica, raising alarms about the bill’s constitutionality.
Under the California Constitution, wrote Kevin G. Baker, legislative director of the ACLU of California’s Center for Advocacy and Policy, children have the right to a public education.
The ACLU does not take issue with the wisdom of vaccinating children against the full range of childhood diseases, nor with the fact that serious public health risks can occur when vaccination rates fall below what is required for herd immunity. But, Baker wrote, the bill does not explain why the state has a “compelling interest” in requiring that all students in every school be vaccinated.
Really? No compelling interest in making sure all students be vaccinated (if they can be; some cannot be for medical reasons, which is why it’s so important for everyone else to have them)? I know you have a lot of lawyers, how about consulting a doctor?