California Voting on Vaccination or Liberty

It is a difficult thing to decide, sitting as a young man barely out of school or your parents’ house.  It can be overwhelming, looking at all the known side effects.  Knowing that it is your job to protect your child and fearful that you will decide wrong.  On the one hand, if you decide to vaccinate, your child might be the one in a thousand that suffers blindness, brain damage or death.  On the other hand, if you decide not to vaccinate, your child may contract a horrible disease and worse spread it to others.  But this decision might be taken out of the parents hands.

Christian Today reports

California parents who do not vaccinate their children would have to home-school them under a bill passed on Thursday by the state Senate, the latest move in a battle between public health officials and “anti-vaxxers” who fear vaccines are dangerous.

It is funny that I find myself on the side of many liberals in California.  As young parents, me and my wife struggled with whether to vaccinate my newborn daughter or not.  This was well before the studies concerning the link between vaccinations and autism.  Yet, reading the long list of possible side effects, made us apprehensive, and I admit a little scared.  Now, if California pushes parents into this decision, they may have to break their consciences because of financial considerations.

The bill, which eliminates the so-called personal beliefs exemption allowing parents to forego vaccinations if opposed to them for any reason, was introduced after a measles outbreak at Disneyland last year that affected more than 100 people.

This will cause some families to choose between state run education or home schooling.  For me, this would be good news if I did not know the relative cost associated with homeschooling.  I think that parents should choose to homeschool even if they decide to vaccinate.  But it takes a lifestyle change. They must be prepared to sacrifice some of their pleasures for the good of the children.

It seems that if the state is going to force vaccinations or home schooling, then they should refund the taxes paid in by those parents for public school.  This would not be a politically expedient choice for the state, as most of their school systems would shut down.  Many would choose to homeschool, as the voucher would give the needed cash to pay for better education.  This also would be a hard sale because of the demographics.

Although the vast majority of children are vaccinated, at some schools, many in affluent, liberal enclaves, vaccination rates are well below the 92 per cent needed to maintain the group immunity required to protect those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or who have weak immune systems.

At any rate, this is not an education issue as much as it is a liberty issue.  Who does the state of California think they are, God?  They have no right or authority to decide for these families what is best for their children.  Though this argument would not be the ones, these liberal parents would choose, they must recognize that this is the outcome of big government.  When we blur the lines of covenant authority, then the state begins to do the church’s and family’s job.

May God bring revival to our country that we will once again see the great benefit of each institution that God created acting as He has designed and ordain for them.  Until we do, there can be no real liberty.