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If passed, SB 50 would provide a clear exception to immunization requirements for parents who object to immunizations because of "religious, conscientious or philosophical beliefs." Such a parent must sign a notarized form, prescribed by the Department of Education, stating that the child has not been immunized because of these beliefs.
01/11/2012 (House) Introduced and referred to the Education Committee
03/16/2012 (House) This bill died when the legislature adjourned on March 16, 2012.
West Virginia is one of only two states that do not allow parents to opt out of immunizations for conscientious, religious or philosophical reasons. Parents are the best suited to make medical decisions of this kind. The rights of conscience should be respected, and this bill does just that.
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