AUSTIN, Texas – In Texas, the fight over vaccination requirements isn’t just a health issue, it’s political. State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, a conservative Republican, says while he is not against immunizations, he opposes any legislation related to vaccine compliance.
“I always come down on the side of parental rights and individual liberty,” Stickland said. “The state does not own our children. Parents are the ones that are tasked with making those decisions.”
Texas has more than 56,000 children with non-medical exemptions for “reasons of conscience.” A decade ago, it was 10,000. Legislative efforts to eliminate the exemption failed after pressure from anti-vaccine groups.
“The anti-vax group have become very, very politically engaged,” said Republican Rep. Sarah Davis.
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