On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Democrat, signed a bill into law that would immediately end religious exemptions for vaccine mandates.
Cuomo said he signed SB 276 to protect the public in the middle of one of the worst measles outbreak in decades, which he categorized as a "public health crisis," reported CBS New York.
The outbreak first sparked in October, the outlet was noted and spread in parts of New York City, particularly among Orthodox Jewish communities
"Rockland County has declared a countywide state of emergency related to the ongoing measles outbreak," reported NBC in March. "Effective at the stroke of midnight, Wednesday, anyone who is under 1
With the passing of SB 276, parents will be forced to vaccinate their children before they can attend school in the state, and religious exemptions will not get them out of it. Parents and teens have morally objected to certain vaccines based on ties to abortion. Now, the only acceptable exemptions from the mandate will be for medical reasons, such as a child's weakened immune system.
While opponents of SB 276 protested in Assembly chambers on Thursday, sponsors of the bill praised its passing as a measure of protection for children.
"If your kid is immunocompromised and going to school or a day care center, you want to know that they're going to be safe," said State Sen. Brad Hoylman, and sponsor of the law, according to CBS New York.
"It's our duty to act," State Sen. David Carlucci said. "
" The government does not have the right to interfere with my personal religious beliefs, "said one woman protesting the law." We have to do everything we can to get the number of people vaccinated up. "We will not vaccinate. "
Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, and Democrat, noted that he is pro-vaccine but could not vote for the bill out of "constitutional duty."
"Despite my pro-vaccination stance and despite my beliefs that there are no religious restrictions, it is my constitutional duty to vote in the negative," he said. of New York when it comes to vaccines via SB 276. Actress Jessica Biel sparked debate over vaccines earlier this week when she met some 15 California legislators to discuss her concerns about the bill and advocate for parental rights
Biel said she is "
" This week I went to Sacramento to talk to legislators in California about a proposed bill, "she wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday. "I'm not against vaccinations – I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families with the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians."
"My concern with # SB277 is only about medical exemptions. My dearest friends have a child with a medical condition that warrants an exemption from vaccinations, and if this bill passes, it would greatly affect their family's ability to care for their child in this state, "the post continued. "That's why I spoke to legislators and argued against this bill. Not because I do not believe in vaccinations, but because I believe in giving doctors and families they treat the ability to decide what is best for their patients and the ability to provide that treatment. "
Proponents of vaccination mandates claim SB 276 "Will have a minimal impact on those with valid reasons for exemption, citing medical authorities like the prominent co-sponsors bill: the California Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, California," The Daily Beast reported.
As reported by The Daily Wire in April, and a judge told a Catholic teenager from Kentucky, Jerome Kunkel, that he is not allowed to return to school after he morally opposes receiving vaccination for the chicken pox due to his apparent ties to the abortion
"It's my understanding that the vaccine is derived from aborted fetal cells, "said Kunkel, according to WLWT. "Abortion is against my religion."
As noted by KHN Morning Briefing, "The varicella vaccine, specifically, is derived from the cell lines of two fetuses that were elected aborted in the 1960s."