California Über Alles: Gov. Jerry Brown’s Onerous Vaccination Mandates

by | Jul 1, 2015


The 1979 Dead Kennedys song “California Über Alles” could be updated today to say that California Governor Jerry Brown’s secret police “have come for your unvaccinated niece.” On Tuesday, the once-again governor of California signed into law some of the most onerous vaccination mandates in America.

The state mandates apply to children who are enrolled in government or private schools, as well as in non-parental care such as day care. The newly enacted law also eliminates parents’ ability to assert philosophical or religious exemptions for vaccinations.

My April Ron Paul Institute article “Ending Vaccination Mandate Exemptions in Australia and the US” provides background on the troubling trend of governments replacing respect for parental choice with vaccination mandates, the extensive requirements of the vaccination mandates included in the California legislation that has now become law, and the almost never useable medical exemption that is the only vaccination mandate exemption remaining under the new California law.

RPI Chairman and Founder Ron Paul explained in a February editorial “Vaccine Controversy Shows Why We Need Markets, Not Mandates” that mandatory vaccinations are an affront to liberty that people should oppose irrespective of their opinions regarding the efficacy and safety of vaccinations.


  • Adam Dick

    Adam worked from 2003 through 2013 as a legislative aide for Rep. Ron Paul. Previously, he was a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Elections, a co-manager of Ed Thompson's 2002 Wisconsin governor campaign, and a lawyer in New York and Connecticut.

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