Originally Sent: 3/18/2015
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Call to Protect Religious Freedom in Vaccination
Dear New Jersey Members and Friends,
A bill could be voted on any day that would add a huge amount of wasteful red tape to the simple process of claiming an exemption from immunization based on one’s exercise of faith.
Current New Jersey law allows for an exemption based on a simple written statement that the immunization interferes with the free exercise of religion. Senate Bill 1147 deletes this simple, effective system and replaces it, in effect, with a demand for a long essay explaining one’s faith.
Senate Bill 1147 also gives the Commissioner of Health power to enact regulations. Those regulations will doubtlessly add even more red tape to the simple exercise of faith.
Please call your New Jersey state senator. Your message can be as simple as: “Please vote NO on S1147. The freedom to exercise one’s religion in the area of immunizations must be protected, not burdened with wasteful red tape.”
It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler since this affects all parents.
Use this link to find who your state senator is and how to contact him.
S 1147 requires that parents who have religious objections to immunizations must submit a signed, sworn statement explaining:
The impact on the homeschool community will be small for minor children, since the sanction for not being vaccinated is exclusion from school. However, the child could be excluded from college attendance if an exemption in compliance with the regulations is not on file.
The bill has already emerged from senate committee. It could be brought up for a vote on the floor of the Senate at any time.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
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