The bill recently introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature...

Bisbee (Ariz.) Review

The bill recently introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature to modify the strict terms of the present compulsory vaccination law, is commendable for several reasons. The measure provides that children whose parents declare they are opposed to vaccination, shall not be required to submit to inoculation as a precedent to admission to the public schools, says The Christian Science Monitor. Objections to the bill on the ground that it might open the way for the spread of disease, are disposed of by the proviso that in times of threatened epidemic, children exempted from vaccination under this bill would be debarred from school. The proposed change in the Massachusetts law is not unlike the so-called "conscience clause" of the California statute, which has worked satisfactorily for several years. Similar exemptions have been adopted by local school boards in various parts of the United States, with satisfactory results, so far as can be learned.

In commenting on the bill, we do not wish to be construed as taking any part in the long and too often heated discussion as to the merits of vaccine virus as a preventive of disease. Mrs. Eddy advised her followers to submit to the law whenever the law compels vaccination. Christian Scientists are law-abiding, but they need not be debarred from rejoicing when hopeful signs appear, indicating a more liberal and a more enlightened sense of the functions and powers of government.

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