Opponents of bill that would end religious exemption for childhood vaccines gather in Hartford
HARTFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – Opponents of a bill that would eliminate the state’s religious exemption for childhood vaccines gather in the state capital on Tuesday. They call it the “Rise Up Rally”.
Supporters of the bill say it is about protecting public health.
It’s easier that the most controversial topic of the legislature has come up in recent years. It was the lawmakers closest to them who passed legislation to eliminate the religious exemption for childhood vaccines, and that is why these protests keep on growing.
At 9 a.m., about 300 people were in attendance.
Protesters say forcing them to have their children immunized is a violation of their rights. They’re bringing in some famous anti-vaccination campaigners from New York on Tuesday, including Robert Kennedy Jr. and a man who made a movie highlighting the now-debunked link between vaccines and autism. That link was proven wrong years ago, but the myth persists today and fuels much of anti-vaccine sentiment.
Keep in mind that the bill that lawmakers pass only eliminates the exemption for children who start kindergarten next year, so it does not affect any of the children currently in school.
Nonetheless, anti-vaccination protesters say thousands of parents will keep their children at home and not send them to school rather than having them vaccinated.