I don’t care what your opinions on vaccinations are. You know why? Because it’s your (or your child’s body) and you should have the final say. Period. But that’s not what I’m ticked about. California just passed a law which states that your children will be making the decision about which vaccinations they receive. A twelve-year old girl will be allowed to make this “choice”. Twelve. Years. Old.
This is from the state that just recently passed a law stating that a 17 year old isn’t mature enough to responsibly weigh the risks of using a tanning bed (it is now illegal for anyone under 18 to use a tanning bed w/out parental consent), but in almost the same breath say that a twelve year old is mature enough to decide (with much “input” from teachers & school nurses, I’m sure) if s/he wants a chemical cocktail injected into their still-growing bodies.
Oh, it gets even better. You, yes you, the parent will not be able to access the outcome of that decision because it would be violating the child’s (yes your child) right to privacy. The state, however, has every right to dig into those juicy records. The one that gave birth to, or cares for the child, not so much.
Although I don’t have a dog in this fight as we don’t live in California (I don’t care how frekking wonderful the weather is there), it still disturbs me as it is just another blatant violation of parental, and Constitutional, rights. And it just keeps happening, and will continue to happen until one of two things occur; enough people finally get up off their asses and say “Enough!” or the people give up all responsibility for the “Easy” way and become nothing more than government chattel.
I don’t know which I’m more upset about. The fact that our pretentious and arrogant elected officials actually feel they have a right to impose such tyrannical laws upon citizens, or the fact that the citizens are too lazy to do anything about it. I mean, do people really want this type of intrusion and intervention in their personal lives?
I often think that nobody in their right mind would want to be ruled over by a million often insane laws, regulations, codes and restrictions. But then I see the same morons being elected, again & again. The same type of ignorant and self-serving bills pass through legislation and become law. And the only way that can happen is if there ARE people out there like that, voting them in. But why? I’m confused and distraught.
I can only hope that there are enough people out there that do believe in personal responsibility and will one day be able to fight back the ever-encroaching attack on our lives, on our families and our futures.