Pulpit & Pen ran both pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine opinion pieces last year and remains uncharacteristically a-opinioned on the issue considering we are theologians and polemicists and not medical professionals. We don’t want to follow in the line of Jim Bakker and start issuing medical advice (like his Silver Solution venereal disease/HIV/coronavirus cure-all) and get people killed.
However, the right of conscience – a universal human right given by our Creator – doesn’t permit the government to forcibly inject children with preemptive pharmaceutical drugs against their parent’s wishes. Whether medically savvy or conspiratorially dubious, parental conscience decisions shouldn’t be up to a far-reaching government bureaucracy.
An Illinois Democrat named Heather Steans has introduced Senate Bill 3668 that revoke religious exemptions of parents for the mandatory vaccinations of their children.
According to Lifesite News...
“Introduced by Democrat state senator Heather Steans, Senate Bill 3668 would remove existing language “exempting children from medical examinations and immunizations” if a parent determines that a treatment “conflict[s] with his or her religious tenets or practices.” It applies to minors starting at age 14 and also opens the door to classifying a child as “neglected or abused” solely because a parent refused or delayed vaccination.”
Currently, Illinois requires twelve different vaccinations for children entering the public school system including vaccines for diphtheria, haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, measles, meningococcal conjugate, mumps, pertussis, pneumococcal conjugate, polio, rubella, tetanus, and varicella.
Forty-five states currently allow parents to opt-out on religious grounds and 15 allow parents to opt-out on non-religous grounds. The bill in Illinois may be the first in the nation that explicitly rejects religious objections in targeted legislation.
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