South Dakota law has a religious exemption for vaccinations, but it requires opposition to vaccines to be part of a religion’s doctrine.
Incoming state Sen. Jeff Monroe, R-Pierre, plans to introduce a bill letting any “sincere, verifiable religious belief” count for the vaccine exemption.
“As the law is right now, the Lutheran denomination does not have as part of its doctrine that it’s opposed to vaccination. Well, of course not. It was established (almost 500) years ago,” Monroe said. “I want the law to function so if someone doesn’t like it, and that’s the reason, they can (opt out).”
Obviously, the bill will face stiff opposition from the state’s medical community. There is simply NO good excuse to opt out of vaccines except under certain medical conditions. To make it easier to just decide not to for any reason is irresponsible to the rest of the children of the state. Monroe says the bill is about “freedom”. Bull! This is about a serious public health measure, not religion. Boo on you, Sen. Monroe for pushing such an agenda that can cause widespread harm. Get with the program! He’s expects to face a tough fight (because it’s an all-around bad idea, get the hint).