CA Senate passes bill allowing vaccination of kids ages 12-17 without parental consent

In the latest blatant affront to parental rights, the California Senate on Thursday passed a bill that permits children age 12 and older to receive vaccinations without the consent of their mothers, fathers, or guardians, as CBS News reports.

As things presently stand in the Golden State, youngsters between the ages of 12 and 17 may not be vaccinated unless they have the express permission of their parents or guardians, with the exception of vaccines intended to combat sexually transmitted diseases.

Children in this age group are also able to access – on their own – mental health care, reproductive health services, and other types of related assistance, in addition to vaccinations against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Hepatitis B.

The current bill, which was approved in the Senate by a vote of 21-7, would effectively end parental consent requirements for any vaccine that has been approved from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

State Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) authored the proposal, known as Senate Bill 866, and explained his belief that it “will empower teenagers to protect their own health by getting vaccinated,” as Los Angeles NBC affiliate KNBC noted.

“So many teens aren’t getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and other deadly viruses because their parents are victims of anti-vaccine misinformation, are neglecting their kids, or simply don’t have time to get their kids vaccinated,” Weiner said in a prepared statement.

Voicing opposition to the bill was Matthew McReynolds of the Pacific Justice Institute, who argued that in order to truly provide the sort of free choice Weiner claims children should have, they should be given “a choice to attend school with or without a vaccine. That’s informed consent and that’s true choice.”

School psychologist Sabrina Sandoval contended that kids in the age group impacted by the bill “simply do not have the fully developed decision-making skills needed to weigh the risks and benefits and make a truly informed decision,” while Republican Sen. Brian Jones expressed concern that vaccine providers may lack a child’s full medical history and awareness of potential risk factors without parental involvement.

As CBS News noted, the cities of Washington, D.C and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania already permit kids age 11 and over to give consent for COVID-19 vaccination, with the age threshold coming in at 12 and up for those residing in San Francisco, providing startling evidence of the steady erosion of parental rights that appears to be among the left’s most pressing priorities.