“Anti-Vaxxer Bill of Rights” Gets Euthanized Today

UPDATE: An amusing sidenote via Twitter, as posted by Rep. Patrick Neville, House sponsor of the so-called “Parent’s Bill of Rights.”

“Parent’s deserve rights?” It seems Rep. Neville is exempt too.




AP via 7NEWS reports, a bill that was never going to pass, and has arguably damaged Republicans in the Colorado General Assembly much more than it ever helped them is set to die this afternoon in a Democratic-controlled House committee:

Democrats are expected Tuesday to kill a Republican bill giving parents broad authority over their children’s school curriculum and medical treatment…

Republican sponsors have called it a needed check on government. The bill passed the Senate last month.

But Democrats control the House and say the measure goes too far. It limits schools from providing non-emergency medical care without a parent’s permission. Democrats say that’s a recipe for hiding child abuse.

Sen. Laura Waters-Woods.

Sen. Laura Waters-Woods.

As opponents testified at every stop during this bill’s trip through the GOP-controlled Colorado Senate, there are a huge number of excellent reasons to oppose the so-called “Parent’s Bill of Rights.” Advocates for children and organizations devoted to fighting child abuse argued that the legislation would make it harder for schools to intervene in abuse cases. Public health experts warned of disastrous consequences for important programs like the Colorado Healthy Kids Survey, an anonymous and already optional questionnaire regarded as critical for making informed decisions about a broad range of issues affecting young people.

But by far the biggest controversy with Senate Bill 15-077, and the one that caught the attention of local and national media, is the bill’s further easing of already-weak regulations in Colorado on the vaccination of school age children. With an epidemic of measles in California making national news, along with ongoing local outbreaks of whooping cough and controversy over Colorado’s last-place rank among the 50 states for vaccination of children, the Senate GOP caucus totally lost control over the optics of this bill–which morphed, despite the protestations of “moderates” like Ellen Roberts, into the “Anti-Vaxxer Bill of Rights.” And the fact is, Roberts and others who voted for this bill have no one to blame but their fellow Republicans, after Sens. Laura Waters Woods and Tim Neville contradicted with their own words Roberts’ insistence that this was “spun by the media” into an anti-vaccination debate.

We expect Roberts will not be overly saddened to see this bill die today despite her vote for it. But for Roberts and all of the Senate Republicans who voted with her, the damage is already done.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    I lost a lot of respect for Roberts over this bill. Huge mistake for her, and it will be rightfully used against her if she runs for higher office.

  2. JeffcoBlue says:

    Where is the accountability? Oh yeah, Eli Stokols got promoted.

  3. Progressicat says:

    At least someone thought to move the apostrophe in the Facebook pic Pols posted.  Damn it, I know there used to be an apostrophe in here.  Frigging Common Core!

    • BlueCat says:

      Parents already have the right to opt out of any aspect of public school education they disagree with. They can do so by declining to take advantage of the tax payer funded public schools and opt to home school or pay for their kids to attend private schools instead. Religious institutions and wealthy conservatives who share parents’ objections ought to be happy to provide scholarships to those who can’t afford private schools. Back in the day the Catholic Church made it possible for my neighbors, people of modest means, to send their three kids to Catholic School through High School.

      It shouldn’t be the responsibility of public schools to cater to every parent’s religious or other privately held beliefs. Want a Christian based education? Fine but it isn’t appropriate for public schools to provide that. Don’t want to vaccinate your kids? Fine. But public schools have the right to require vaccination in the interests of providing a safe environment for all students. Don’t want your kids to learn about evolution, the basis for all the life sciences? Fine. But you’ll have to educate your kids yourself or find a school that either doesn’t require your child to study the life sciences or tries to teach them without evolution. Want to keep sex a big secret from your child? OK. But then, once again, public school education, which will include enough about the reproductive system so that your child won’t grow up thinking it can be studied via a swallowed camera is the wrong choice for you. BTW. I saw the clip. In context, the guy’s response when told that a swallowed camera does not wind up in the vagina was “fascinating”. Nobody had to edit anything to make him look like that came as surprise to him

      The government does not require anyone to take advantage of its public schools so there is no question of rights involved. 

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Patrick learned everything he ever needed to know in his daddy’s (. . . notice that liberal apostrophe use, Rep. Nevilleanderthal? . . . ) home school kindergarten !

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