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California law would end ‘personal belief’ vaccine exemption for children
San Francisco Chronicle

Parents would no longer be able to cite personal beliefs as the reason for opting children out of vaccines for infectious disease, under a bill announced Wednesday by Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento.

The legislation, which has not yet been formally introduced, would join California with 32 other states that do not allow for such “personal belief” exemptions. Pan, a Sacramento Democrat, said his experience as a pediatrician led him to witness “the suffering caused by these preventable diseases.”