Staver: Forcing a needle is not constitutional

Friday, September 13, 2019
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

getting a vaccination vaccine injectionCalifornia is already ground zero in the ongoing fight over vaccines, and now an attorney says there are both pro-life and constitutional issues at stake, too. 

Tightening an already-restrictive 2015 vaccination law, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that restricts exemptions for mandatory vaccinations even if there appear to be legitimate reasons.

The state does not allow religious or conscience exemptions yet Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel insists there are legitimate reasons for refusing a shot for chicken pox, rubella, shingles, and more.

"Some of those are made with aborted fetal tissue,” he points out. “And so some people have a sincerely held religious belief not to put anything in their body that actually promotes the destruction of innocent human young children.”

The issue of childhood vaccines is a mine field for politicians since vocal “anti-vaxxers,” and their equally vocal critics, come from both the Right and the Left, often crossing political lines in the debate overscience, health, and individual rights. 

Staver

Anti-vaxxers’ critics routinely accuse them of hysteria and of endangering other children, but many anti-vaxxers are parents who say they can trace their child’s sickness, or even permanent disability, back to a doctor’s needle.  

There is also the issue of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which exists to "provide financial compensation to individuals who file a petition and are found to have been injured by a VICP-covered vaccine," its website states. 

California, meanwhile, ranks No. 46 among the states for child vaccination rates according to an August story by MSN.com that ranked all 50 states.

The newly signed bill comes after California officials saw a 250 percent jump in medical exemptions after the 2015 bill became law, The Huffington Post reported. 

California flagThe number of school-age children with a medical exemption increased from 0.2 percent during the 2015-2016 school year to 0.7 percent in 2017-2018, the story stated.  

Regardless of a person’s motivations, Staver says he personally finds it unconstitutional to force someone to “put something into their body” or else lose the right to attend school or be denied employment.

“That's an unconstitutional violation,” he insists.

The law requires a state inquiry into public schools that have a vaccination rate that dips below 95 percent, and doctors who grant more than five exemptions in a year trigger a review by the California Dept. of Public Health.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

How likely is it Texas will go 'blue' in November 2020 presidential election?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Israel's Netanyahu charged in corruption cases
Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump
Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs
Gore kicking off 24 hours of climate talks around the world
Victims’ lawyer: Prince Andrew must talk to U.S. prosecutors
China bats away rumors, says trade talks with U.S. continue

LATEST FROM THE WEB

'Kunta Kinte' T-shirt fits Kaepernick perfectly
Two Iowa race incidents prove common sense is scarce
Other people’s money
Chick-fil-A’s shameful capitulation
We'll tell you who's privileged

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
'Virtue signaling' makes a halftime appearance

Rice Univ. marching band MOBA so-called "marching" band committed a personal foul against the Baptist college its team was playing recently when it took the field to mock the other school's biblical stance on sexuality.