By Rady Ananda
In January, Representative John D. Keenan of Salem, Massachusetts introduced a bill to allow students not immunized to be admitted to schools upon the written request of a parent. After all, if vaccines are effective, then those who take them are protected from those who don’t.
“Rep. Keenan filed this legislation ‘on behalf of’ a constituent,” his Chief of Staff, Lynne Montague, told COTO Report. “In Massachusetts, constituents may file bills via his/her elected official by ‘the right of free petition.’”
Currently, the bill is before the Committee on Public Health and there is no set time for its report. If the Committee reports the bill favorably (with or without amendments) this session, it will be forwarded on for the next appropriate committee to review. If the measure is reported adversely, it will not advance unless it’s overturned by either branch.
On June 28, a public hearing was held where proponents of the measure argued about the health risks of vaccines and the right of health freedom — to opt for or reject medical procedures and still be allowed full participation in society. Here is some of that testimony: