I'm not sure if this has been discussed here yet, but I just saw it on Facebook today thanks to the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice page. I thought I would share. Basically, they want to change it so that parents claiming the religious exemption have to prove the exemption is part of their religion, that they actively practice, and that it's not based on morals or philosophical ideals. I don't see this being constitutional, but it's making me reevaluate our decision to not relocate from Jersey. Looks like I have to start writing opposition letters.
NEW JERSEY: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
September 20, 2012 - New Jersey Clarifies statutory exemptions from mandatory immunizations for students. The following bill(s) have been scheduled for a committee or a legislative session.S1759: 9/20/2012 1:00:00 PM Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Room 1, 1st Floor, S
(1) a written statement, which shall be notarized, signed, and sworn by the person submitting the statement, and which shall include:
(a) an explanation of the nature of the person’s religious tenet or practice that is implicated by the vaccination and how administration of the vaccine would violate, contradict, or otherwise be inconsistent with that tenet or practice;
(b) information that indicates that the religious tenet or practice is consistently held by the person, which may include, but need not be limited to, expression of the person’s intent to decline any vaccination;
(c) a statement that the religious tenet or practice is not solely an expression of that person’s:
(i) political, sociological, philosophical, or moral views; or
(ii) concerns related to the safety or efficacy of the vaccination; and
(d) a statement that the person understands the risks and benefits of vaccination to the student and the public health"