Vaccine Bill Passes Assembly; Cooper Offers Floor Speech Decrying Fear Mongering Opponents

June 25, 2015 | One of the most contentious bills of this legislative session has been Senate Bill 277 that would eliminate most per...


June 25, 2015 |

One of the most contentious bills of this legislative session has been Senate Bill 277 that would eliminate most personal belief exemptions for school children vaccinations. Today the California Assembly passed the bill ,co-authored by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), by a 46 to 30 vote.

Prior to the vote, Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) made a floor speech in support of the legislation. In his speech, Cooper decried critics who he said vaccinations cause autism in Black children. 

"There is no scientific evidence that to suggest that Black children are at a high risk for autism due to vaccines," Cooper said. "African-American children actually have one of the highest immunization rates. The opposition efforts to make this a racial issue by spreading misinformation and fear is wrong and shameful."

Copper also called threats made against Senators and Assembly Members "shameful."

The bill will now go back to the Senate for reconciliation before it moves on to Gov. Jerry Brown who is expected to sign it into law. If enacted, California would be the third state that would permit only medical-exemptions for school children vaccinations.   

 

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Lynn said...

Glad this bill passed! Thank you Cooper for your words and support of this bill. Vaccinations save lives and prevent epidemics!!!

Gregory Jones said...

There is also considerable fear mongering by the proponents. They have cherry-picked some CDC info and ripped it out of context, conveniently ignoring the balanced truth regarding effectiveness, side effects, ingredients, and risks (both individual and general population). I am speaking of information sourced by the Feds.

The proponents have tried to discredit all the opponents by calling out a small number of passionate "crackpots" (both sides of the issue have their share of those).

Dr Pan should know better and Mr Cooper has spent his entire working career working power-play bluff (standard LEO practice of using "presence").

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