Controversial vaccination bill clears committee

A Senate panel has approved a controversial bill that seeks to force all parents to vaccinate their children despite concerns for health risks and religious considerations.

Senate Bill 83 is authored by Sen. Ervin Yen, an Oklahoma City Republican, who is an anesthesiologist. The bill now goes to the full Senate.

A growing wave of criticism of the bill, including Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice, says it removes parental rights from the healthcare of children.

More and more scientific studies are questioning the safety of the ever-growing amount of vaccinations and how they impact young children especially.

SB83 exempts mandatory vaccination if the parents have a note from a doctor that it would damage the health of a child or kill the child.

The only other way parents who feared for the safety of their children would be to submit a written statement to state officials that they have viewed a video that claims that not vaccinating a child would have terrible effects on their health. Yen’s bill states that the video “only contain information that conforms to the ‘highest standards’ of academic research…”

And if the parents view the pro-vaccination video, the exemption from mandatory vaccinations is only good for “two school years,” according to Yen’s bill.