A Mother's Choice to Not Vaccinate Son Throws Her in Jail

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A mother in MI is going to jail because of her vaccine beliefs.

James Horne, Bredow's ex-husband, wanted the child to be vaccinated. "If my child is going to be forced to be vaccinated, I couldn't bring myself to do it", Bredow told Judge Karen McDonald in court.

Detroit woman Rebecca Bredow was told by a judge that she had until Wednesday for her son to be up-to-date with all vaccinations. "I stand here today scared and vulnerable, begging the court to understand that I'm not a lazy parent".

"It's clear to me that you don't care about orders even if you agree to them, which you did", the judge said. The basis for Bredow's sentence is about her refusal to follow court orders, which she previously agreed to. Bredow cited religious objections as her grounds for not vaccinating her son.

The 9-year-old son will now be taken into the father's custody for the vaccines during Bredow's week-long stint in jail. "Your attorney signed that order".

Nearly all states allow religious exemptions, but only half also allow personal belief exemptions like MI, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The American Medical Association has for a very long time frowned upon allowing parents the option to decline vaccinating their children for non-medical reasons, but a number of states, including MI, actually provide exemption for personal and religious reasons.

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