States look to eliminate religious vaccination exemptions

Published on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:35
Written by The Associated Press

Connecticut’s Attorney General gave state lawmakers the legal go-ahead Monday to pursue legislation that would prevent parents from exempting their children from vaccinations for religious reasons, a move that several states are considering amid a significant measles outbreak.

The non-binding ruling from William Tong, a Democrat, was released the same day public health officials in neighboring New York called on state legislators there to pass similar legislation. Most of the cases in the current outbreak have been in New York state.

Tong offered no stance on whether the Connecticut General Assembly should scrap the exclusion, but he made it clear there is nothing in the law that would prevent the state from ending the exemption.

“There is no serious or reasonable dispute as to the State’s broad authority to require and regulate immunizations for children: the law is clear that the State of Connecticut may create, eliminate or suspend the religious exemption,” Tong wrote.

Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:35. Updated: Tuesday, 7 May 2019 20:38.