No mas, Senator Steiner Hayward, no mas

Bills banning most vaccine exemptions fail in Oregon, Washington

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  • Dr. Alan Bates is also a family practitioner who has been vaccinating children his entire career
  • Dr. Bates was also an early advocate of banning thimerosal, a mercury preservative, from children’s vaccines
  • Dr. Bates is also known to “space out” vaccines for his own patients and to work with families to create vaccine schedules that are right for them, according to some of his patients.
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“The intention was to get more parents to immunize. We’re hearing that they do immunize but they don’t want us to tell them what to do. We do listen, believe it or not.”

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Senator Steiner Hayward made it abundantly clear that the only reason—and there is only one reason—that she pulled SB442 is because she didn’t have the votes to get it passed.

Listen to constituents? No. Change of heart about trampling on the basic tenants of parental rights and informed consent? No. Satisfied that Oregon actually has high immunization rates? No.

Oregon senator to propose new school vaccine policy

Yes, the article mentions she pulled SB442, but it focuses more on her next steps, which include:

  • “The policy would also require schools to make available their vaccine-exemption rates on their websites and report cards to prompt local public health conversations about vaccinations.”
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If you want to pass a bill in Salem related to vaccinations, Senator Steiner Hayward is the worst possible spokesperson. Give us something that Bates, Edwards, Knopp, and Kruse all endorse, and it will likely sail right through the Capitol.

Here’s the truth, and we’re not trying to be snarky: we don’t trust Senator Steiner Hayward—we know her end game! She wanted to pass a law to mandate all vaccines to all children, which we think is incredibly dangerous. Senator Alan Bates cares every bit as much about children as Senator Steiner Hayward, but we TRUST him. He was honest with us about why he bailed on SB442.

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The Truth About Oregon’s Vaccination Rates

Who cried wolf in Oregon?

Exemption-gate in Oregon?

To spell things out quickly:

  • The often mis-reported “exemption” rate in Oregon has very little to do with vaccination rate and doesn’t mean “unvaccinated” as the Statesman Journal finally reported accurately this week (at our behest!)
  1. In order to protect parent rights, the bill must also state that the Doctor providing the consult MUST provide their signature to the form, no matter what decision the parents actually make, once the consult has taken place. If the Doctor is given the discretion to sign or not sign the form, it’s simply a state mandate and we are back to square one.

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