BEND, Ore. ̵
House Bill 3063 would eliminate current religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions and families of more than 31,000 Oregon affect children. Participants in the rally, one in five across the state on Saturday, wore yellow shirts with the words Land of the Free, not HB 3063 and 1945 signs promoting similar messages.
The organizers said the argument was not whether they were for or against vaccines, but that parents should have the ability to make crucial health decisions for their child without government interference or consequences.
" This is not a vaccine question – this is a problem of liberty " said parent April Groom standing next to her son. " It's about who owns our bodies, and who can decide what gets sprayed in his arm. "
Also on Saturday, Secretary of State Cheri Helt, R-Bend, one of the main sponsors of the measure, made a statement outlining recent changes to the bill. She said the recent measles outbreaks in Portland and Clark County, Washington, " underline the importance of this legislation. "
Helt said she "wants the pervasive to fight the public Opinion that medically safe vaccines are more dangerous than the diseases that prevent them. "
" I will continue to champion science, child safety in Oregon and fact-based public policies. " Helt said," We need to ensure that children, families and communities are not endangered by diseases and death from easily preventable diseases, and that it's about protecting those who can not vaccinate We must protect our most vulnerable adolescents with herd immunity.
After several meetings with opponents of the Action said Helt that she had changed the law to address some of her concerns: the bill would only include the currently needed vaccines in Oregon to enable virtual school attendance and the time to fully vaccinate students by 1 August 2020 , " extend instead of taking effect this fall.
Helt said she also works with Senate Steiner Hayward to voice "concerns about the accessibility of medical exemptions." " The Act is currently in the Joint Committee on Means and Aids and awaiting further action.
The amended bill, HB 3063-A, lists 10" restrictive diseases ", Do not refuse the necessary vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, rubella, mumps and hepatitis A, and B. The Oregon Health Authority could recommend other diseases that children should be vaccinated against.
The measure would benefit children without it Vaccinations prohibit "attending personal school-related activities," but says they could attend school through online courses.