Personal Exemptions from Reason

So, back in November I blogged about California’s abysmal PBE rates and how this lax state-level vaccination policy is terrible for California kids. Well, since that time we’ve had measles and pertussis outbreaks here, and legislators have really stepped up.

Dr. Richard Pan introduced SB-277, which aims to eliminate the “Personal Belief” exemption. I got involved as a volunteer with Vaccinate California, a group of parents working to support the legislation through grassroots efforts. I’ve spoken in favor of it at city council meetings in Berkeley and the Democratic Party committee meeting in SF. My first taste of local politics. 😉 The response from antivax crackpots online was swift and nasty, but that’s a story for another time.

This week I wrote an article for Slate on the fight to get the legislation passed, and on the demographics of California’s antivax movement. It has interactives! It looks at both

and political party affiliation. You should check it out. And then you should head over to Vaccinate California’s super-fast form for contacting your reps to register your support.

Antivaxxers bussed in 500 people from across California for the Health Committee meeting on 4/8, for a rally with Truther RFK Jr and loathsome slug Bob Sears (read the Slate article to see why I call him that). They aren’t messing around. California has an amazing opportunity here: antivaxxers have killed bills before committee in three other states this year. The fact that we got SB-277 through the first committee is a huge success. It has 2 more to go, and we’re really counting on people like you to help CA take a stand against this kind of craziness. So please share that form with your CA friends – or visit the Facebook page here.

Thanks so much for the help. 🙂