Elizabeth Steiner Hayward Drops Bill Banning Most Vaccine Exemptions

March 11, 2015 8:02 PM

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Legislation aiming to pressure Oregon parents to get their kids vaccinated has been abandoned because of formidable opposition in a state that has the nation's highest rate of immunization exemptions that aren't for medical reasons.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, said Wednesday that pushback largely revolved around who was right or wrong about the benefits of vaccines and she has decided not to pursue the legislation.

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