Indiana House Bill 1359 passed the Health Committee last week. It is unacceptable as written.
- HB 1359 is a major policy shift away from parents and local schools, over to the Indiana Department of Health in Indianapolis.
- HB 1359 gives the Indiana Department of Health new powers over medical matters best left up to parents and their local physician.
- HB 1359 seeks universal vaccination for a disease that is not easily communicable or carried as an airborne pathogen. This makes it very different from measles or mumps.
- HB 1359 will push parents to vaccinate young pre-teen children for a sexually transmitted disease. Such sensitive decisions are best left up to parents and their local family physician.
Current policies respect the decision making process of parents concerning sexually transmitted diseases and the values that such matters understandably involve.
This is not a debate over common vaccines. However, the new HPV vaccines, which HB 1359 promotes, are very controversial and have legitimate medical questions surrounding their effectiveness and safety.
Current laws on vaccinations, and informing parents about their importance, are sufficient. HB 1359 is not needed. It gives the Indiana Department of Health broad new powers in this arena. HB 1359 is unacceptable in its current form.
Please Contact Your Representative in the Indiana House before they vote on this legislation later today.
For more information you can read the following blog from Micah Clark http://monicaboyer.com/when-parents-dont-obey-the-political-do-gooders/
You can call the House switchboard at 317-232-9600.
You can find your State Representative here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/