(Newsweek) With over 50 confirmed cases of measles in Washington state, lawmakers have introduced a bill that would eliminate personal or philosophical exemptions to being vaccinated from measles, mumps and rubella.
House Bill 1638, would look to eliminate those personal and philosophical exemptions as related to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine — more commonly known as the MMR vaccine — but would allow for religious and medical exemptions. The bill, The Columbian reports, is a direct response to the current measles outbreak.
“I think every child has a right to participate in our community as a healthy, thriving child,” State Rep. Monica Stonier, one of the bill’s sponsors said. “Personal rights are important as long as they don’t impose on the rights of others.”