From an editorial in the (Greensboro) News & Record on Monday:
When state Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) and two colleagues filed a bill last month to change state vaccination policy, they thought they would initiate a needed conversation about public health concerns.
Wrong. Instead, they unleashed the fury of the anti-vaxxer movement. It forced them to withdraw the bill last week. Good intentions were “lost in the noise,” Tarte said.
The proposal would have required children to receive vaccinations before enrolling in school and removed religious exemptions. Maybe that was going a bit too far, but Tarte said it was an effort to be proactive and possibly head off outbreaks of measles and other diseases as the number of unvaccinated children in North Carolina ticks up.
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Opponents overwhelmed the senators with claims that vaccines contain poisons, the threat of diseases is overstated and God is against vaccinations. Tarte concluded it was impossible to have reasonable discussions on the subject. Good try, though.