Oregon Seeks Public Health-Religious Accommodation Balance

Written by Don Byrd
In Oregon, more parents citing religious reasons are opting out of vaccinations for their kndergarten-aged children than in any other state in the U.S. The state senate, concerned that non-medical exemptions have become too common, has responded by passing a law that would require parents to be made aware of the medical benefits of vaccination. The purpose of the regulation is to encourage vaccination thorough awareness. But many are concerned that the result is to stifle religious liberty.