NY considers banning all non-medical exemptions for vaccinations

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A bitter battle continues in Albany today over a parent's right to decide if their children should be vaccinated.     

One of the state's top medical groups is supporting a bill that would ban all non-medical exemptions to protect public health and combat the measles outbreak.

The Medical Society of the State of New York has joined Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Sen. David Carlucci (D), who are also strong advocates of the bill.

But the proposal faces fierce opposition from people for vaccine rights. "There's numerous religious groups that do not vaccinate for religious reasons. It is a fundamental violation of our most precious right and that's our right to believe in whatever god we choose to believe in and worship the way we see fit," says Rita Palmer.

New York is one of more than 10 states considering tightening their vaccine laws.

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