We need your help to stop S.B. 866, a bill that authorizes 12 year old children to consent to immunizations without their parents knowing about it or giving their consent. This bill has been introduced by California State Senators Scott Wiener and Richard Pan, coauthored by Senator Josh Newman, and coauthored in the California State Assembly by Buffy Wicks, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Laura Friedman, Evan Low, Phil Ting, and Akilah Weber.
S.B. 866 is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, Thursday, May 5. You can see more about this scheduled hearing here.
Please call or email (or both!) your California State Senator and ask him or her to oppose S.B. 866. Your message can be as simple as the following:
“Please oppose S.B. 866, a bill which allows minors to consent to vaccinations. This bill threatens parental rights and endangers children. Parents are a child’s greatest advocate and protection when it comes to making health care decisions, including immunizations. Children should not be forced to make irreversible medical decisions on their own.”
S.B. 866 is another attack on parental rights. It treats children as adults, when their parents, not young children, should decide health care decisions, such as vaccine administration. And it endangers children. A minor child may not know his or her medical history. A minor child may consent to an immunization, and then suffer an adverse reaction, and if the parent does not know that the child was immunized, 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.
The Parental Rights Foundation recently won a preliminary injunction in federal district court against a similar law in the District of Columbia. We encourage you to read our story about our lawsuit, and to read the federal judge’s memorandum opinion. We believe this victory is more evidence that S.B. 866 should be rejected by the California legislature.
We encourage you to forward this email to several of your friends. We can win this battle for our children and for parental rights if all of us parents stand together.