SB20-163 is the WRONG choice for Colorado because…
Removes liberty of conscience and religious freedom for Colorado families
By removing the distinctions of “Religious” and “Philosophical” and placing both into one category of “non-medical exemption,” this bill effectively removes one of our three current exemptions. It also removes all stated reasons for non-medical exemptions stripping Coloradans of both religious freedom and liberty of conscience. Is Colorado prepared to violate religious freedoms and liberty of conscience?
Places burden on doctors to determine sincerity
What training will doctors receive to determine “sincerely held personal or religious belief?”
Utilizes “re-education.” Forced “education” is never effective.
Why are some Coloradans in need of education on vaccines while others are not?
How is forcing Coloradans to participate an educational module prior to obtaining an exemption different than forcing women to participate in an educational module prior to obtaining reproductive health care?
No safeguards against compelled speech on forms, increasing the threat to families for signing incriminating documents against themselves
CDPHE already has a history of morphing form language into incriminating and compelled speech. Are we prepared for Colorado parents to be coerced into compelled speech on a form?
It strips future Colorado lawmakers of the right to legislative process, and to represent the people of Colorado, for future changes to the practices, goals, and rules for Colorado’s immunization program
Why should a department meant to execute the law be allowed to set it?
SB20-163 is simply not right for Colorado. I urge you to vote no on SB20-163