by Carolee Adams
Trenton NJ, thousands descended on the state capitol ,honking horns, chanting “My GOD, My Choice,” “Vote No!”, “Kill the Bill”, “We Will Vote You Out”, intermittently reciting the LORD’s Prayer, displaying a giant American flag, with megaphones and placards, thousands of opponents of a Bill that mandated vaccinations without informed written parental consent, and that also eliminated religious exemptions, surrounded the New Jersey State House and Senate chambers until long after darkness fell. A new day in New Jersey! An army of Milennials, Generation Z, fighting for parental rights and freedom of religion, has arrived for such a time as this!i Let not the sun set on this movement heading in the “right” direction!
While some argue its a triumph of anti-vaxers over science we look at it more as a triumph of parental rights and freedom of religion over state control of your children. The Fact is the non vaccinated offer no threat to the vaccinated .
Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips stood-up against a bill that would have eliminated the religious exemption for school vaccination requirements. The bill could not get the votes to pass the legislature today.
“This bill is hardly a compromise from the one that we considered on December sixteenth,” said DePhillips. “It is still unconstitutional because it dismantles the religious exemption. But, now, it is also discriminatory – because it only applies to public school children who cannot afford to be home-schooled or go to private school.”
The Senate previously amended the bill to exclude private school students, effectively limiting the vaccination mandate to public schools, but couldn’t get enough votes for passage.
Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) issued the following statement today after legislation to repeal the religious exemption for mandatory vaccines stalled in the Senate:
“The failure of the vaccine bill to pass today is a case of Democracy working as it should. There was enough opposition to this version of the bill to block it. I applaud the opponents for their tremendous, ultimately successful effort.
“The question now is what happens next. We should all hope that the issue of resurgent, vaccine-preventable diseases will simply go away, as has been predicted by the folks who opposed the bill. God willing that’s the case. But our experience to date suggests that’s not likely.
“With that in mind we should work to bring all sides together to discuss what might be a path forward that can both pass the legislature and ensure we maintain high vaccination rates so as to protect some of the most vulnerable among us, as has been my goal all along. I stand ready to participate in that effort.”