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Anti-vaxx parents leaving California for the lax laws of Idaho call themselves “refugees”

People who moved to Idaho to take advantage of the lax rules on vaccination in schools call themselves refugees.

Parents of school children reveal that they have uprooted their families from states that need a religious or medical reason not to vaccinate their child, the strictest state is California, and many say they have done this on the basis of obtaining medical ‘freedom “.

Idaho is just one of the 15 states that allow an exemption based on personal beliefs and parents simply have to fill in a form with the reason why they don’t have their child vaccinated.

But one of the more relaxed states, Washington, last year removed the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) exemption, and in a series of six public hearings, residents of Idaho urged officials not to tighten the rules.

People who have moved to Idaho to take advantage of lax anti-vaccination laws refer to themselves as refugees. Shalee Brindley, who left San Francisco in 2017, said at a hearing in August 2019 in Idaho: “I am a mother. And I’m also a refugee from California. I came here in search of medical freedom ‘

Almost 600 pages with written testimonials and several hours of recordings of the hearings of the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Idaho show references to ‘refugees’. One parent called themselves a “California Refugee” and another said they “know a handful of these refugees very well” from social media and social circles

“I’m a mother. And I’m also a refugee from California, “said Shalee Brindley, a Meridian resident who left San Francisco in 2017, at a hearing in Boise in August 2019.” I came here in search of medical freedom. “

Nearly 600 pages with written testimonials and several hours of recordings of the hearings in Boise, Twin Falls, Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls and Grangeville were obtained last year in an open archive request from the Idaho statesman.

Documents from the Idaho Ministry of Health and Welfare hearings show that one person wrote: “I write as a very concerned parent & Californian refugee, who had to pull my entire family out of the state to protect them against tyrannical government. I will not allow Idaho to become a socialist state. “

Another said: “It must be known that medical freedom is a very popular reason that Idaho has entered the country two years in a row. Many are SB277 refugees. I know a handful of these refugees very well … “

A recognized civil engineer with a Masters degree from Stanford University said he “moved for the liberties of this state” and that he would “defend it with my life and my weapons.”

“This state is the fastest growing state in America. And I think it’s because the few people left are coming here, “Lou Munilla testified in northern Idaho. The father of four added: “We are not ignorant rednecks.”

Parents have urged Idaho not to tighten their rules to exempt children from school vaccinations. Depicted is the meeting of September 2019 by opponents of the adopted legislation to tighten the rules for granting exemptions for vaccinations in Sacramento, California

Parents have urged Idaho not to tighten their rules to exempt children from school vaccinations. Depicted is the meeting of September 2019 by opponents of the adopted legislation to tighten the rules for granting exemptions for vaccinations in Sacramento, California

Parents have urged Idaho not to tighten their rules to exempt children from school vaccinations. Depicted is the meeting of September 2019 by opponents of the adopted legislation to tighten the rules for granting exemptions for vaccinations in Sacramento, California

SB 276 from Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) entered into force in March. California and Washington no longer accepted personal beliefs as a reason for exemption. Parents must provide evidence of a religious or medical reason

SB 276 from Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) entered into force in March. California and Washington no longer accepted personal beliefs as a reason for exemption. Parents must provide evidence of a religious or medical reason

SB 276 from Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) entered into force in March. California and Washington no longer accepted personal beliefs as a reason for exemption. Parents must provide evidence of a religious or medical reason

Last year, Sen. Richard Pan in California was accused of “high treason” by his political rival, Kenneth Austin Bennett, after he passed legislation to restrict vaccine exemptions for school children.

Pan’s spokeswoman, Shannan Velayas, was quoted by the Los Angeles Times and said her boss had routinely been targeted by anti-vaccine activists since he introduced a bill in 2015 with strict vaccine requirements for school children.

She said that his more recent bill to further tighten vaccine laws has led to a new round of threats.

However, Sarah Walton Brady complained at the hearings that people with “a different voice in this discussion” are being “ridiculed, ridiculed” and subjected to “censorship and bullying.”

Some parents have claimed that they have been censored in their opinion about vaccination. Shalee Brindley is pictured

Some parents have claimed that they have been censored in their opinion about vaccination. Shalee Brindley is pictured

Some parents have claimed that they have been censored in their opinion about vaccination. Shalee Brindley is pictured

Comic actor Rob Schneider seemed to agree last November. He went on a Twitter tirade in support of anti-vaxxers.

He shared stories of parents who were angry that their child’s medical exemption for vaccinations was reversed when Senator Richard Pan’s SB 276 (D-Sacramento) was signed in March.

Those Californian parents claimed that their children were forced to leave school because of their opposition to compulsory vaccines, and many said that if illegal immigration is protected by an exemption status, the rights of parents can.

Announced that he would donate $ 10,000 to New York children kicked out of public schools by the “cruel Gov and New York Lawmakers”, he urged followers to help parents pay for home education and claimed that “medical segregation” was taking place .

Sarah Walton Brady complained at the hearings that people with “another voice in this discussion” are being “ridiculed, ridiculed” and subjected to “censorship and bullying”

“Parents, educators, other students STAND UP AND SAY NO FOR MEDICAL SEGREGATION OF CHILDREN!” Schneider based on LA.

But California Senator Pan explained earlier: “If you wonder, why do we apply these bills, it’s because we don’t want people to get these diseases.

‘Medical freedom does not (approximately) have to end up in a hospital because you have a preventable disease. … I want the right to have my children safe at school.

“People can get a home school or get an independent study through public schools if they don’t want to vaccinate their children.”

Some people in the hearings somewhat agreed with Pan.

A school nurse wrote: “I have three students who are not allowed to receive vaccinations from a medical point of view, and their parents should always be vigilant that they are not exposed to certain communicable diseases that can endanger their lives.

“Fortunately, because our immunization rate is high, they are likely to be protected against those diseases. However, if the requirements are relaxed, this will not remain the case. “

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