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NY Take Action: Stop new bills to repeal religious exemptions
Bills in both houses now could move forward

       They're at it again. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman's Senate Bill S2994, and Assemblymember Jeffery Dinowitz's Assembly Bill A2371 would repeal our right to a religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school. We have fought back these bills for four years, and with your continued efforts we can do it again.  

    Please click on the Take Action Link above and to the right to send a message to your State Senator and Assemblymember asking them to oppose these bills. 

     Serious efforts are underway in Connecticut, Arizona and Maine to eliminate exemptions in those states.  All the signs indicate that it is part of a coordinated national attack on vaccination exemption rights. These things don't happen spontaneously.  Don't allow Jeffery Dinowitz (D-Riverdale, Bronx) and Brad Hoylman (D-Westside of Manhattan) to take away one of your fundamental Constitutional rights. 

     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 rates but lack of access to health care, lack of health insurance, and other social and economic barriers are.

     Since 1986 when vaccine manufacturers and physicians were relieved of any legal liability for injuries caused by their products, the number, sales and profitability of vaccines have exploded. In 1986, 24 vaccine doses were recommended for American children, today it is more than 80 doses. Nonetheless, uptake of vaccines are still at all-time highs. "Nationally, coverage with vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for children aged 19–35 months remains high and stable,"according to the CDC's analysis of the most recent numbers.  There is no evidence to indicate that the less than 1% of students in New York who have exemptions are any threat to public health or herd immunity. 

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