A mother in the USA state of MI has been sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused a judge's order to have her son vaccinated.
Bredow's ex-husband, James Horne, wants the child immunized and has been in court since past year trying to get it. Now, he will have temporary custody to take the child to get vaccinated while she goes to jail. In response, Bredow told the judge that she takes "full responsibility" for her actions but that she is philosophically opposed to vaccinating her son for transmissible, potentially fatal and otherwise preventable diseases such as measles.
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The judge had given the mother one week to get her son vaccinated, but she didn't follow through.
The court said it is understood the mother love her children, but it is also to understand that the dad too has a say.
There is no civil or criminal penalty for refusing to vaccinate children in any state, and all states allow parents to opt out for medical reasons.
Bredow described herself as an "educated, vaccine-choice mother" and said she had been "fully-compliant with all state MI laws".
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"I couldn't bring myself to do it".
The mother told the The Washington Post that she's not against vaccination, although it is against her religious beliefs. So, the court has awarded the primary custody to her ex-husband to let the boy be vaccinated.
Immunisation in the United States falls under state and local jurisdiction.
Horne told the courts he now wants the boy to receive all of the vaccinations recommended by his age and the court ruled in his favor.
The laws of the state of MI allows parents discretion to refuse to vaccinate children if it violates their personal beliefs.
"It's unmistakable to me that you couldn't care less about requests, regardless of the possibility that you consent to them, which you did".
"It's clear to me that you don't care about orders even if you agree to them, which you did", the judge said.