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Vaccine skeptics find unexpected allies in conservative GOP

1 year 11 months 2 weeks ago February 06, 2015 Feb 6, 2015 Friday, February 06 2015 February 06, 2015 1:01 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

DENVER, CO - As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans.

The stereotype of a vaccine skeptic is a coastal, back-to-the-land type, but it's generally been Democratic-controlled states that have tightened vaccination laws.

This week, Democrats in California and Washington state proposed eliminating laws that allow parents to opt out of vaccination for personal reasons after a measles outbreak was traced to Disneyland.

Republicans objected to a similar effort in Maine. In Colorado, it was largely Republicans who squashed a 2014 effort to force parents to get a physician's approval if they chose not to inoculate their kids.

There are exceptions. Some Democrats have fought vaccine requirements, and some members of the GOP have sought to increase the shots.

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