CT vaccination issue: Should public health trump religious beliefs?

Advocates call it a reasonable and necessary tightening of a law that is the most important public health achievement of the 20th Century. Opponents call it a bullying tactic and infringement of their Constitutional rights. In any event, by a margin of 86 to 56, the Connecticut House has approved and sent to the state senate a bill that would require parents to attest annually if they are, for religious reasons, declining to vaccinate their children who attend public school. Testimony on HB 6949 at a public hearing earlier this year, both for and against, was spirited and passionate. Here, in excerpt form, are some of the public comments.