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House Democrats Oppose GOP Proposal for Schools to Require Parental Consent to Vaccinate Kids

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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said during a recent budget reconciliation markup meeting that he opposed an amendment proposed by Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.) that would require parental consent for schools to administer vaccines to children, with the Democrat lawmaker challenging the idea that parents always know what’s best for their kids’ health. During the virtual meeting of the Select Committee on Education and Labor on Sept. 10, Miller argued in favor of her amendment, saying that, “parents need to have the power to make decisions on vaccines because they know what’s best for the health of their families.” State laws establish vaccination requirements as a condition of admitting children to public daycares and schools—and in some cases also to private ones—with all states providing medical exemptions and some providing exemptions on religious or philosophical grounds. Some states, however, allow minors to decide on their own about getting vaccines, even over …

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