The Montana House defeated a series of bills aimed at increasing parental vaccine rights. Montana is nearly at the border of the state of Washington, whereas a measles outbreak is underway.
Rep. Theresa Manzella House Bill 575 helped parents with religious exemptions enroll their children in daycare. This would have eliminated basic vaccine coverage in daycares, something no other state currently allows.
Manzella’s second bill, House Bill 574, would have prevented foster homes from disallowing religiously-exempt unvaccinated children from care. Medical exemptions do not disallow children.
Rep. David Dunn, R-Kalispell’s House Bill 564, also defeated, would have prevented the state’s health department from helping schools investigate vaccine exemption legitimacy. Dunn said that the $4 billion in annual vaccine injury claims is evidence enough for his bill.
“The medical-industrial complex has failed to protect our nation’s children, and parents and popular culture bully people who disagree on the topic, screaming ‘science’ while they repeat cliche propaganda,” Dunn said, per the Missoulian.
On the national front, the war on vaccine exemptions remains at an all-time high. And the divisions between both sides continue to stretch.