Action Alert

Please support the repeal of religious exemptions from vaccination requirements

 

Facing zealous opposition from religious anti-vaccination protesters, the New Jersey Legislature has postponed a final vote on a bill that would end religious exemptions from vaccine requirements for students.

Many states, including New Jersey, allow parents to claim a religious exemption from regulations that require they vaccinate their children. When parents choose not to vaccinate, it not only compromises the health of their own children, but also jeopardizes the “herd immunity” for those who cannot receive vaccinations for health reasons.

A new bill, S. 2173, would improve the state’s ability to combat infectious diseases by removing the possibility of religious exemption from mandatory vaccines. Religious groups have flooded the state Capitol in opposition to this bill, claiming that “God wouldn’t give them anything they can’t handle.”

It is critical that we counter the influence of anti-science religious zealots, whose dangerous rhetoric has caused very serious and preventable infectious disease outbreaks in numerous states across the country. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the reported individual cases of measles in the first five months of 2019 surpassed the total cases per year for the past 25 years. The states that see the highest incidences of the disease are those with the most relaxed exemption laws.

Please stand up for this common sense bill that will protect New Jersey residents from the dangerous implications of others people’s religious dogma. Please use our simple, automated system to ask your representatives to support S. 2173 and feel free to use or adapt the provided talking points.

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