Parent’s rights to direct the care and education of their children, without governmental interference, violated by unfunded mandate.
Troy, MI — Michigan State Representative Tom Barrett (R-71) has introduced legislation to restore parental rights to make vaccine choices for their children without having to endure humiliating and often demeaning meetings with local government bureaucrats. If passed, House Bills 4425 and 4426 would rescind rules imposed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) related to parents who seek vaccine exemptions for their children; and also curtail discriminatory treatment of children with exemptions by local health bureaucrats. Exemptions are needed for parents who delay, spread out, use alternative vaccination schedules or do not use vaccines as a method of healthcare for their child.
Michigan law allows parents to exempt their children from mandated vaccinations, and provides a procedure parents must follow to exercise that exemption. MDHHS usurped the current state law through administrative maneuvers designed to prevent parents from freely exercising their right to exempt their child out of one or more vaccines. The MDHHS rules force parents who seek vaccine exemptions for their child to meet with a county government health department bureaucrat, who subjects the parents to a one-sided lecture on the benefits of vaccination without mention of any risks. Parents are also questioned, at times harassed, about their religious beliefs and interrogated about other medical decisions they have made for their child(ren).
"The legislation introduced today by Rep. Barrett helps restore the basic rights of parents to make healthcare decisions for their children," said Sue Waltman, President of Michigan for Vaccine Choice. "State laws recognize those parental rights, but MDHHS chose to impose rules designed to undermine the parental rights recognized by law. Rep. Barrett's legislation will restore these rights and also the right of the legislature to direct policy - not unelected bureaucrats."
The second component to the introduced legislation concerns the fundamental right of a parent to keep their healthy child in school when another child becomes ill. Regulations put in place by MDHHS allow a local health officer to override parental judgment, school policy, and deny public education to children. These exclusions may last for weeks to months, when, for example, another child in the class contracts a communicable illness. This overreach is unprecedented, and violates rights of parents to direct the care and education of their children.
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