Whether or not a parent allows his or her child to have get a vaccination has been an ongoing debate for decades. Some say vaccinations are linked to various diseases or conditions like autism. Now, a Michigan woman who defied a court order and refused to have her son vaccinated is facing jail time.
Rebecca Bredow was cited for contempt of court in the contentious custody case Wednesday, and ordered to spend seven days in jail for the offense, the Washington Post reported.
The court order to vaccinate her 9-year-old was issued a year ago, and her attorney had signed that order, the Post reported. She had until Wednesday to get what would have been up to eight vaccines for her son. But Bredow decided to take a stand instead.
“I’m a passionate mother who cares deeply about my children, their health and their well-being. If my child was forced to be vaccinated, I couldn’t bring myself to do it,” Bredow testified during the contempt of court hearing, the Associated Press reported.
As of July 2016, no US federal vaccination laws exist, but all 50 states have laws requiring children to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (generally in a DTaP vaccine); polio (an IPV vaccine); and measles and rubella (generally in an MMR vaccine).