AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill aimed at making it harder for parents to forgo vaccinating their children.
The Democratic House voted 93-53 in favor of Democrat Rep. Linda Sanborn’s bill on Tuesday. It now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate.
The bill would require parents to consult with their doctor and get a form signed if they choose not to vaccinate their children for philosophical reasons. The bill does not prohibit parents from using the philosophical exemption to send their unvaccinated children to school.
Supporters say that increasing immunization rates is important because the state’s high vaccine opt-out rate is a public health risk. But opponents and people who question the safety of vaccines say the bill goes too far.
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