Back in April 1978, the Center for Disease Control released this Star Wars Immunization PSA featuring C-3PO and R2-D2. While C-3PO explains to a worried R2-D2 that droids cannot catch whooping cough, C-3PO warns the “parents of Earth” about the importance of immunizing your child.

It looks like California is on C-3PO’s side. After a large measles breakout at Disneyland in December 2014, California legislators drafted one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country; SB 277.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on June 30 after the California State Legislature approved the bill in a 24 to 14 vote.


What Does the Vaccination Law Mean For California?

The law states “Under the proposal, children enrolling in public or private schools, or day care, would be required to have certain vaccinations, such as those guarding against measles or whooping cough. Parents no longer would be able to cite personal or religious beliefs to decline the immunizations."

Children with specific medical problems, like immune system deficiencies, can be excluded from the requirement. California joins West Virginia and Mississippi as the only states without a personal-belief exemption for vaccines. The law will be effective for the 2016-17 school year.

Vaccine Opponents Will Continue to Fight Against the Vaccine Law

California Democrats supported the bill, with Democratic State Senator Richard Pan stating, “The science remains unequivocal that vaccines are safe and vaccines save lives.”

In his signing statement, Governor Brown said, “The evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”

Republican State Senator Joel Anderson feels this bill is a “direct attack on our liberty and a violation of our parental rights.”

Backlash continues as opponents of the bill vowed to continue their fight. The group Our Kids Our Choice, said they might consider litigation and possibly bring the issue to the ballots for a referendum vote.

Even Jim Carrey joined the fight against the vaccination bill tweeting the following remarks:

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