A mom in Detroit has been given the harshest of choices to make: get your son vaccinated or go to jail. While this story likely sounds fabricated, it sadly is real life.
“I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in,” says Rebecca Bredow.
“Why automatically side with the father that wants the vaccines? What about my choice as a mother?,” says Rebecca.
Bredow now has one week to get her son vaccinated, per an Oakland County judge. If she doesn’t, she’s going to serve time.
Rebecca tells 7 Action News that she and dad made the decision to space out and delay some their little ones vaccines.
“It wasn’t until they started grouping them together that I backed off of doing vaccines,” she says.
Rebecca hit the books, educated herself, she says, on the research, literature and studies. She concluded that waivers were the best way to go, the best for her baby boy. After all, the state of Michigan offers that option, explains Joel Dorfman.
“We’re fortunate in the state of Michigan that’s still permitted, still allow religious, personal and medical exemptions for parents who chose to delay, to skip a vaccine to make various choices,” says Doorman.
Rebecca and her ex-husband do not see eye-to-eye. Their conflict has become a court battle.
According to court documents. the child’s father wants their son vaccinated. Rebecca makes it clear where she stands on the issue.
“I feel angry. I feel backed into a corner. I feel like my rights as a parent have been taken away,” she says.