Ohio House Bill 132

Ohio House Bill 132

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Official letter of support for Ohio House Bill 132 – Providing parents exemption information.
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Ohio HB132

Dear Ohio Legislators:

I urge you to support Ohio House Bill 132. This bill will ensure that parents are adequately informed of their options when presented information from schools regarding vaccine requirements.

Ohio House Bill 132 does not change current vaccine mandates in Ohio. It would, however, require that schools mention vaccine exemption law at the same time and in the same manner as they mention state vaccine mandates. Specifically:

“When a school, board of education, or governing authority of a school notifies a pupil or the pupil’s parent or guardian of the immunization requirements described in section 3313.671 of the Revised Code, the school, board, or governing authority also shall notify the pupil, parent, or guardian of the exemptions from immunization described in that section. The school, board, or governing authority shall provide notice of the exemptions in the same manner as it provides notice of the requirements.”

Parents who use vaccination exemptions do so for a variety of reasons, including negative personal experiences; extensive research of ingredients, risks, and benefits; religious or philosophical concerns about the procedure; as well as medical contraindications. Ohio parents are simply requesting that schools inform parents of the entire law so that parents who have these concerns understand their options.

Our state legislators, by supporting Ohio House Bill 132, will actively recognize exemptions to vaccination that are consistent with sections 1.07 and 1.21 of the Ohio Constitution, prevent discrimination and negative educational consequences based on vaccination status, and support parental informed consent for a child's vaccination decisions. On behalf of all Ohio citizens, I thank you for your understanding and action on this important issue.

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Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom, other organizations, and many informed parents have spent endless hours trying to educate concerned parents who come to us regarding their exemption rights.

For years, Ohio parents have been confused about Ohio exemption law due to incorrect, inaccurate, or deliberately misleading letters and forms that schools send home annually, or sometimes multiples times per school year, notifying parents that unimmunized children will be withheld from school if they do not receive their vaccinations by a specific date; often times the date the school provides isn’t even congruent with state law.

In the state of Ohio (ORC Ann. § 3313.671 Proof of required immunizations – exceptions):

  1. Various vaccinations are required at various grade levels in order for a child to participate in school.
  2. Students who don’t present written evidence of these vaccinations by the fourteenth day of school are to be excluded from school.
  3. HOWEVER, parents are permitted to opt-out of ANY or ALL of these vaccinations by simply providing their child’s school “written statement” declining “to have the pupil immunized for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions”, OR a statement from a physician which certifies “that such immunization against any disease is medically contraindicated”.

Ohio House Bill 132 does not change current vaccine mandates in Ohio. It would, however, require that schools mention vaccine exemption law at the same time and in the same manner as they mention state vaccine mandates. The legislation will ensure that parents are adequately informed of their options when presented information from schools regarding vaccine requirements. Specifically:

“When a school, board of education, or governing authority of a school notifies a pupil or the pupil’s parent or guardian of the immunization requirements described in section 3313.671 of the Revised Code, the school, board, or governing authority also shall notify the pupil, parent, or guardian of the exemptions from immunization described in that section. The school, board, or governing authority shall provide notice of the exemptions in the same manner as it provides notice of the requirements.”

Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom will be very clear on this issue: We believe that all Ohioans deserve to receive the fundamental right to both informed consent and bodily autonomy.

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  1. Sign the online letter of support on this page.
  2. Write your legislator and let them know you want them to support HB132. Find you legislator now.
  3. Write the Ohio AAP and let them know you’re disappointed in their objection to informed consent. Here’s their contact info.
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