Antivaxxers turn to homeschooling to avoid protecting their kids’ health

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Anti-vaccine advocates in New York are
encouraging parents to homeschool their children
rather than
protect them from serious diseases, according to a recent report in
The Wall Street Journal.

The move by New York anti-vaccine groups comes just weeks after
state lawmakers eliminated exemptions that allowed parents to opt
their children out of standard school vaccination requirements on
the basis of religious beliefs.
Very few religions
actually have objections to vaccinations,
and the ones that do tend to have relatively few followers. But
many parents who reject vaccines based on falsehoods and
misinformation about their safety have claimed religious objections
as a way to dodge immunization requirements.

As cases of measles in the United States have exploded in recent
years—largely due to a small but loud band of anti-vaccine
advocates misinforming parents—states are now cracking down on
non-medical exemptions. New York, which has faced a massive and
prolonged outbreak since last September, is
the fifth state
to eliminate religious exemptions. It joins
California, Maine, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Overall,

lawmakers in 26 states
have recently introduced bills aimed at
tightening rules on who can receive exemptions, according to The

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Antivaxxers turn to homeschooling to avoid protecting their kids’ health