June 5, 2008
Contact: Andy Pratt / 609-292-5199
Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R-25)
Bucco: Parents Should Have Choice on Children’s Health
Senator Anthony Bucco, R-District 25, made the following comments after members of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee debated the merits of Senate Bill S-1071, which allows exemptions from mandatory immunizations for children if parents object on conscientious grounds. Bucco and Senator Gerald Cardinale, R-District 39, are co-sponsors of the bill:
“This legislation reaffirms the fundamental right of parents to decide what’s best for their children,” Bucco said. “The decisions of families who have religious or medical reasons for rejecting mandatory immunizations should be respected by the state.
“This measure provides safeguards to both students who reject immunizations and their classmates. For example, students who register as not having immunizations will be required to stay away from school during disease outbreaks, and the state Health Commissioner could suspend exemptions to immunization rules in a health emergency.
“I urge quick consideration of this bill, which I am pleased to say has bipartisan support.”