A Detroit area mother, citing her religious beliefs, had refused to vaccinate her 9-year-ols son and a nearly year ago and was ordered by an Oakland County judge to do it. Now, she will spend seven days in jail.
I’m a passionate mother who cares deeply about my children, their health and their well-being. If my child was forced to be vaccinated, I couldn’t bring myself to do it,” Rebecca Bredow said during a court hearing. She was also in a custody battle with her ex-husband, James Horne, who wants their son vaccinated and shares joint custody of the child. Benton Richardson, Horne's attorney, said his client intends to have his son fully vaccinated. While Bredow serves her seven-day prison sentence, the child will be in the care of Horne. The American Medical Association has long decried allowing parents to decline vaccination for nonmedical reasons and has cited vaccines’ ability to prevent diseases such as measles, mumps and other infectious diseases.
Only three states - California, Mississippi and West Virginia - don’t allow nonmedical exemptions. everal people who support Bredow gathered outside the Oakland County courthouse Wednesday, holding signs saying they “Stand with Rebecca” and “No Forced Shots.” Early this year, President Donald Trump asked to vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to chair a new commission on vaccines but nothing happened yet.