"Nobody has the right to unfettered liberty, and people do not have a right to endanger their kids," said John Harris, a professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester. "The parents in this case do not have any rights they can appeal to. They have obligations they are not fulfilling."
- taken from Jail for Belgians Who Reject Polio Shot from The Associated Press.
Because ultimately, the government decides what's best for your kids. Not you.
I haven't declined any of Kem's vaccines but holy cow this seems a bit extreme. Just who exactly should determine what constitutes "endangering" children anyhow? Parents can't be trusted anymore, or can they? I had already heard about Maryland school officials forcing parents to vaccinate or face truancy charges and I'm pretty sure I'm not OK with that. But now Belgian parents being sentenced to five months in prison? Really!?! So, what, serve the sentence and then you're free to vaccinate (or not vaccinate) as you see fit? Five months per vaccination you decline? Just how far is this going to go, anyhow? I'll be interested to see what happens.