On September 4, 2019, Senator Rebecca Rausch filed bill S.2359, titled “An Act promoting community immunity,” with a companion bill, H.4096, sponsored by Representative Paul Donato. The “Community Immunity Act” is being advertised as a way to standardize and centralize immunization requirements and exemption processes, in part by transferring more administrative power to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). This bill affects children in public, private and charter schools, child care centers, any school activities, including those open to home-schooled children, recreational camps, and institutes of higher learning (both public and private).
THE BILL HAS SINCE BEEN AMENDED TO BECOME "AN ACT PROMOTING COMMUNITY IMMUNITY WITH THE BILL NUMBERS S.2763 & H.4784
ABOUT THE BILL:
Health Choice 4 Action has identified several aspects of this bill that violate basic human rights, medical ethics, and principles of informed consent. Provisions in this bill would allow vaccination without parental consent, limit medical exemptions for medically-fragile children, and limit religious freedom with respect to vaccination exemptions. Additionally, provisions in this bill would increase the risk of discrimination and bullying for those who use medical and religious exemptions. Finally, the taxpayer cost and administrative burden of this bill are not justified given the historically low incidence of vaccine-preventable illness in the Commonwealth and the current processes in place already working to safeguard public health in Massachusetts. The Legislature and DPH should be focused on more significant public health threats, including the opioid crisis, rising rates of chronic illness in children and adults, and the surge in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders among children and adolescents.
Health Choice 4 Action is an organization dedicated to equity for all in education and jobs without discrimination. We seek to preserve Health Choice and informed consent. We are against medical coercion. We caution against the use of fear to contribute to an environment of bullying based on individual differences and choices. Massachusetts has prided itself on
diversity and inclusion with a proven history of passing laws which limit and frown upon discrimination on the basis of any civil liberty or right. Our constitution shaped that of the nation and was the first to claim everyone to be equal. This needs to include medical decisions that individuals and families make for themselves and their bodies and their children. Not one
medical intervention, food, environmental component, decision, way of life is applicable to every citizen. Our bodies are all unique and we are the ultimate arbiters of what we put into
them, the beliefs and cultures we follow. “The Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law prohibits, among other things, making any distinction, discrimination, or restriction in
admission to or treatment in a place of public accommodation based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, deafness, blindness, or any
physical or mental disability, or ancestry.”
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