Vaccines are becoming harder to avoid for parents who are concerned about health effects. Oregon tried to mandate them in 2015, but failed. Now, they’re taking another shot at it from a different perspective, and it’s even more draconian than their previous attempts.
As Melissa and Aaron Dykes point out in the video above, they’re trying to make it a nanny state, literally. A new proposed law would allow health care providers to visit parents and babies at their homes to offer a myriad of services from simple advice to administration of vaccines. Proponents and opponents are offering contradictory accounts about whether or not this would be mandatory.
While it’s not clear whether either of these programs would be mandatory, the use of the term “universal” suggests that they would. It’s frightening to think about what would happen to parents who refuse such visits.
Government agents monitoring the homes of law-abiding parents who have not been accused of a crime without a warrant is an unconscionable violation not only of parental rights and individual liberty but also a trampling of the Fourth Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Constitution.
Considering this is Oregon we’re talking about here, yes, I’d say the law is going to make it essentially mandatory. They’ll do this through misinformation and pressure, just as they do with nearly everything else they want to slip by people. For example, I can see a situation where they pretend like they’re not mandatory by having a form that nobody talks about at the hospital the must be filled out prior to the scheduling of the first home visit.
In other words, they’ll make parents jump through hoops and do their own research to discover that they have the ability to opt out. Otherwise, it will just be assumed that every parent has agreed to the home-visits by virtue of them having a baby in the state of Oregon and not going through the process of declining this “privilege.”
As is often the case, we won’t see this go away whether Oregon passes it or not. The seed has been planted, so one way or another, other states will find a way to make this a thing. The government wants to get involved in raising our kids as quickly and widely as possible.