New Jersey, please take action today to stop Senate Bill 1759 (S1759), the
latest effort by the drug industry to interfere with your right to make vaccine
decisions for yourself and your family. This bill was rushed through the New
Jersey Senate two weeks ago and it may be going for a vote by the whole Senate
by this Thursday.
New Jersey residents please click on the link below to send an email via the Autism Action Network website to your State Senator asking him of her to vote “No” on S1759
S1759 makes it much more complicated, expensive, and time-consuming to file for a religious exemption to vaccination mandates. Currently, parents can opt their children out of vaccines due to religious beliefs without being forced to reveal private information such as their religious affiliation to a state authority. And S1759 mandates the interference of state-sanctioned, secular authorities prior to a citizen exercising a long-established religious belief. This is a gross violation of our First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion.
If S1759 is signed into law, it will require parents seeking a religious exemption to:
• Specify their exact religious tenets;
• Explain the nature of the religious tenet or practice that is implicated by the vaccination;
• Explain how administration of vaccines would violate, contradict, or otherwise be inconsistent with that tenet or practice;
• Affirm the religious tenet is consistently held by providing information that is not specified in the bill language;
• Find and pay for a notary to notarize the exemption;
• Find and pay for a doctor or advanced practice nurse licensed in NJ to provide unwanted counsel on vaccinations that go against their religious beliefs.
This bill is redundant and wasteful. Doctors already discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with parents. It will cost taxpayers money for the legislation, cost us again to notarize and be counseled; and then cost us a third time with administrative costs involved in overseeing this program by school nurses and the health department.
S1759 is not a bill that the citizens of NJ requested. It is a self-serving industry-sponsored bill with the markings of corporate influence, pharmaceutical funding, and medical professionals wanting to increase their profits through undue influence and coercion.
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