A Michigan court has ruled that someone can be jailed for refusing to vaccinate their child.
An Oakland County, MI woman has been sentenced to seven days in jail after refusing to comply with an order to vaccinate her healthy 9-year-old son, reported NY Daily News.
The order was handed down in Oakland County Circuit Court Wednesday, at which time Judge Karen McDonald also announced that the boy would be force vaccinated today.
“I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in,” Rebecca Breedow of Ferndale said in court.
In explaining her decision, McDonald pointed out that Breedow, who has primary custody of the child, together with her attorney, signed an order in November, 2016, agreeing that the child would be vaccinated. McDonald said that there was never an appeal of that order, and that Breedow never asked to have the order set aside.
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The court order stems from an earlier custody hearing where the boy’s father said he wanted the vaccinations for the child. Breedow objected to grouping the shots together.
Breedow’s husband, Gary Breedow, disagrees with the judge’s decision.
“I think it’s horrific; to me it’s a worst case scenario,” he said. “For a mother who has done and followed all of the state exemption laws, never had her voice truly heard in this court…I think it’s absolutely horrible.”
Michigan is one of 47 states that allows for medical, religious, or philosophical exemptions from vaccines.
Rebecca Breedow believes judge McDonald was motivated by her own pro-vaccine beliefs; and her husband says they will appeal.
The boy is now in the custody of his father and is expected to be vaccinated while his mother is locked away.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)