New York, get on the phone today and politely let your Assemblymember in Albany know that you expect him or her to oppose Asm. Jeffery Dinowitz's (D-Riverdale, Bronx) new bill A2371 that would repeal our right to a religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school. There is no companion bill yet in the New York Senate, but we expect one any day now from Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Westside of Manhattan) who has introduced a bill in the last three legsilative sessions.
Serious efforts are underway in Connecticut, Arizona and Maine to eliminate exemptions there, and we expect a new bill any day now to repeal religious exemptions in New York. All the signs indicate that is a coordinated attack on vaccination exemption rights. These things don't happen spontaneously. Don't allow Jeffery Dinowitz to take away one of your fundamental Constitutional rights.
Please call your New York Assemblymember, his or her names and number should appear below, and let them know politely that you expect them to oppose Jeffery Dinowitz's A2371 and protect your right to a religious exemption from vaccine mandates.
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Religious exemptions are as old as mandatory vaccines. Forty-seven states have them, as well most of the developed democracies progressives point to as examples of good health policy: Canada, the UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, etc. And all these countries have lower infant and maternal mortality rates than the US and exceed the US on every indicator of childhood health.
Nineteen states follow the international standard honoring informed consent and permit secular exemptions, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Maine, Washington, Minnesota, and a dozen other states. Most of these states have higher vaccination rates than New York indicating that religious exemption aren't a barrier to higher vaccination rate but lack of access to health care, lack of health insurance, and other social and economic barriers are.
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