Newly proposed legislation in New Jersey would allow minors, beginning the year they turn 14, the right to consent to vaccinations. Whether their parents or guardians consent. The legislation would cover the polio, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, chickenpox, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), pertussis, tetanus, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease, human papillomavirus or hepatitis B vaccines.
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Bergen, the bill’s sponsor said,
“Under my proposed bill, minors can consent to their own medical treatments in the event that their parents may have reservations regarding vaccinations. If signed into law, this would ensure that minors of a certain age would have autonomy over their bodies and their health.”1
Huttle, no surprise, blamed the “needed change” on the recent measles outbreaks. (Which would have been far less terrifying for people had the mainstream media and mayor of New York not stirred up so much unnecessary fear.) The assemblywoman believes that minors today “have certain technical skills where they can navigate the Internet and educate themselves with medically backed information about vaccines.” 1 Oh the irony; most doctors and lawmakers don’t believe that parents can do this and come to the decision not to vaccinate. (If this wasn’t so sad, it would be one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read today. And I read a lot.)