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Mandatory Vaccination Is Now The Law Of The State
Richard Pan MD recall effort falls short on vaccine issue
Opponents of California’s new mandatory vaccine law have suffered another defeat, failing to force a recall election of the senator who championed the law.
In carrying a law requiring vaccines for all school children, Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, drew the animus of parents who believe vaccines are unsafe and the law an assault on parental rights. Pan’s office received death threats during the debate.
After Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277, opponents turned to an attempt to recall Pan. Needing to gather 35,926 signatures by Dec. 31, they submitted none in Sacramento County or in Yolo County, which contain Pan’s 6th Senate district . . .
In a statement, Pan called the defeat a “victory of science over the politics of fear and intimidation” and castigated “anti-vaccination zealots” who “used fear, intimidation and discredited information to try to defeat our bill.”
“With this recall threat behind us, I am more committed than ever to serving the people of the 6th District and working to build a healthy California,” Pan said. . .
Beginning this July, schools will need to ensure students entering kindergarten and 7th grade are up to date on all of their vaccines as a condition of enrollment. The law makes exceptions for students who have certain medical issues like weakened immune systems.
We must also remember that the Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
IT MAY HAVE BEEN PREFERABLE FOR OUR DOCTOR IN THE LEGISLATIVE HALLS TO USE EDUCATIONAL MEANS RATHER THAN LEGISLATIVE FORCE OF LAW WHICH CAN INVOLVE ARMED POLICE INTERVENTION.
Looking at the failures of organized medicine, physicians will always lose in choosing politics.
Pan’s “victory of science over politics” is really “victory of politics over freedom.”
Physicians will never win by being comrades with the bottom feeders.