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Clarifies in state law that not vaccinating or delaying vaccination is not child abuse

Location: OR
Title: Clarifies in state law that not vaccinating or delaying vaccination is not child abuse
Identifier: SB 687
Stance: SUPPORT
Action Required: See memo issued by Oregon Dept. of Human Services
Status: Died, however DHS issued a memo stating not vaccinating does not constitute medical neglect

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UPDATE: 5/1/2017 - Even though SB 687 died, the Oregon Dept. of Human Services has issued a memo that clarifies not vaccinating by itself does not constitute medical neglect.  Read the memo here - http://www.dhs.state.or.us/policy/childwelfare/im/2017/cw-im-17-003.pdf

UPDATE: 4/19/2017 - SB 687 died because it failed to move on to a work session before the deadline.

UPDATE: 4/6/2017 - SB 687 had a public hearing on 4/5/2017 in the Senate Committee on Human Services.  Testimony submitted in for this hearing is available here - https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Exhibits/SB687

UPDATE: 4/3/2017 - SB 687 is scheduled for a hearing on 4/5/2017 in the Senate Committee on Human Services at 1:00 PM in HRD, agenda - https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Committees/SHS/2017-04-05-13-00/Agenda 

UPDATE: 3/7/2017 - Senator Sara Gelser, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Services has not scheduled a hearing for SB 687 and she may not.  Please call Senator Sara Gelser's office at 503-986-1708 and ask that there be a hearing held on SB 687. State law provides for vaccine exemptions and vaccine promoters should not be able to use the threat of CPS to coerce vaccination.

UPDATE 2/7/2017: SB 687 was referred to the Senate Committees on Human Services and Health Care on 2/6/2017.

SB 687 was introduced on 2/1/2017 and is sponsored by Senator Boquist.  

This bill would enact a new section of law that would clarify the definition of child abuse does not include not vaccinating or delaying vaccination by adding the following:

(b) “Abuse” does not include:

(B) Refusal to vaccinate a child or a decision to delay vaccination of a child.

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB687 - text, status and history