Overview

As introduced, SB3668 removes religious exemptions for school physicals and vaccinations for K-12 and college students, restricts medical exemptions to only apply to severely limited ACIP defined contraindications, grants minor children ages 14+ to consent to vaccines without the power to decline or parental consent, forces vaccine administrators to report to the state vaccine tracking system, eliminates protective language ensuring that a child shall not be considered neglected or abused for the sole reason that parents/guardians failed to vaccinate for religious reasons and repeals the Mercury-Free Vaccination Act.

Talking Points to Oppose This Bill


REMOVAL OF RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS

SB3668 IS UNNECESSARY

  • Exemption rates are extremely low – less than 1.5% COMBINED – for ALL school required vaccines.

  • Areas with lower a lower percentage of immunization rates are due to non-compliant students, not due to exemptions.

    Source – ISBE

SB3668 VIOLATES CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS

  • Article I, Section 3 of the Illinois State Constitution states that “The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions…”

  • This violates the sincerely held religious beliefs of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Christian Scientists, and other spiritual peoples.

RESTRICTION OF MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS

  • The ACIP defined contraindications are extremely limited and do not include numerous serious contraindications or accommodate for many medical disabilities.

  • Annual renewals would place a serious financial burden upon families.

  • This interferes with and violates doctor/parent/patient relationship.

  • Undermines and infringes upon the medical expertise and educated clinical judgement of providers.

  • This restriction is discriminatory against special needs students as well as the medically vulnerable.

LOWERING AGE OF CONSENT

  • SB 3668 legally makes minor children adults for the purpose of vaccination, over the objection of parents.

  • Illinois Legislation requires sufficient maturity levels for:

    • Gambling, Drinking, Tobacco, Cannabis – 21+

    • Military, Marriage, Voting, Tanning, Tattoo, Body Piercing – 18+

    • Sexual Consent, Purchasing explicit music/movies – 17+

    • Driving, Employment – 16+

    • Home Alone, (now medical decisions?) – 14+

REPEALS THE MERCURY FREE VACCINE ACT 

  • MFVA limits the amount of Mercury that can be used in vaccines.

    • Has research recently changed?

    • Has Mercury become less harmful, such that we no longer need this protection? Source – MSDS

  • Since enacted, Illinois has provided itself with an exemption to its responsibility to this act every single year.

  • What is needed is the ENFORCEMENT of this existing statute, not the REPEALING of it.

Actions to Take:

→ Contact Bill Sponsors

Politely say:

“Please WITHDRAW SB3668 – this bill is unnecessary and discriminatory. Vaccine exemptions are not the problem, schools failing to collect and submit vaccine record paperwork is the problem. In Cook County alone, more than 66% of the non-compliant students in Illinois attend school. Non-compliant does not mean not vaccinated. Please focus on the serious record keeping issue and don’t remove religious and parental rights, based on misrepresented immunization levels.”

Senator Heather Steans

Springfield Office: (217) 782-8492

District Office: (773) 769-1717

Email: steans@senatedem.illinois.gov

→ Contact Your Legislators 

Politely say:

“Please vote NO on SB3668 – and request that Senator Steans focus on the serious non-compliance issue in and around her district. Non-compliant does not mean not vaccinated. This bill is unnecessary and discriminatory. Ask her to help the schools in her own district collect and submit vaccine records, and leave our exemptions and parental rights alone. 66% of non-compliant students in Illinois attend school in Cook County.”

You may also tell them why maintaining exemptions is important to your family.

Action alerts provided by Illinois Coalition for Informed Consent. For more information visit www.IC4IC.org or www.NVIC.org

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