We are excited to let you know about a good bill that is moving through the Iowa State Senate, S.F. 2335. This bill will protect children by requiring documented consent by a parent or guardian before the immunization or vaccination of a minor.
This bill is important because we are fighting bills across the nation, and even a law recently passed by the District of Columbia, allowing minors to “consent” to vaccinations without their parents even knowing about it. Such bills force children to take on adult responsibilities by robbing them of their loving parents’ wisdom in major health care decisions, such as vaccine administration.
And they endanger children. A minor child may not know his or her medical history. A minor child could suffer an adverse reaction, and if the parent does not know that the child was immunized, they may miss warning signs and be unable to get the child to the hospital in time. Or, a parent may not know that their child received an immunization at school, and have their family pediatrician administer the same immunization, resulting in potential harm due to multiple and unnecessary doses.
S.F. 2335 will safeguard Iowa families against all of these dangers.
S.F. 2335 passed out of the Human Services Committee by an 8-5 vote on February 17, and is currently pending on the Iowa State Senate Floor.
Please call or email (or both!) your Iowa State Senator and ask him or her to support S.F. 2335. Your message can be as simple as the following:
“Please support S.F. 2335, a bill which requires parental consent before a minor receives a vaccination or immunizations. This bill protects parental rights and protects children. Parents are a child’s greatest advocate and protection when it comes to making health care decisions, including immunizations and vaccinations, for their own children.”
Thank you for standing with us to protect parental rights and the safety of our precious children.