|July 22, 2019
Opponents of New Vaccine Bill Seek Repeal; Petitions Circulated
People opposing the new Maine law (passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor) eliminating non-medical exemptions to vaccine requirements are out in force, trying to gather enough petition signatures to force a "people's veto" referendum of the law. The group calls itself "Mainers for Health and Parental Rights."
Signature gatherers have been observed at farmers' markets and other public events, including the Yarmouth Clam Festival this past weekend. Observers report that the law is being presented as having stripped physicians of their right to decide if vaccines are appropriate for their patients and as requiring health department approval of any medical exemptions. Both of these statements are untrue.
A flier being circulated with the petition states that the repeal effort is supported by "countless" physicians and nurses. It states that the bill was "pushed through the legislature despite overwhelming opposition by the Citizens of Maine." You can read the flier at www.veto798maine.com.
Some gatherers are reported to be saying that repeal is supported by an "overwhelming majority" of Mainers. One person reported she was told, "It's not about being for or against vaccines, it's about giving people the choice."< Previous Article | Next Article >
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