The State of Oklahoma’s Senate panel killed a bill which would have eliminated the right to personal vaccine exemptions. Oklahoma still has religious, medical, and now personal exemptions left in tact. Senate Bill 1478 was outvoted 6-7. According to Tulsa World, many parental rights supporters were on hand wearing “Oklahomans for Vaccine Choice” shirts.
Liza Greve, a co-director for Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice, was pleased to see the measure fail.
“We feel like it was in the right direction for parental rights,” Greve said. “We won today for parental rights.”
If a parent opts out of the vaccinations, it is for a reason, she said, adding that it is every parent’s right to choose what is best for their child.
Megan Sutton of Tulsa said she was elated that the measure failed.
“The senators seemed to be looking at the research provided to them rather than believing what the media has said and we are excited they are actually looking at it and taking note of what parents want,” Sutton said.
This may seem like a small victory, but removing the personal exemption largely begins to spell doom and gloom for those parents in favor of vaccination choice. This is a big day for Oklahomans seeking personal freedom and liberty. Parents should always reserve the right to decide what is injected into their children. It is a great thing to see that the Senate, in this case, mostly agreed with them.
We will keep you updated as more news becomes available.
February 22, 2016