New Jersey’s Religious Exemption – Bad Bill S1759 Moves Forward!

Please flood the offices of your district Senator and Governor Christie (609-292-6000) to tell them why S1759 is an attack on religious beliefs!

We are expecting a full Senate vote next week (Oct 4).

They need to hear from us, loud and clear, that we demand our right to religious freedom and to have religious exemptions to vaccination for our children without limitations imposed by our legislature.

You can find your NJ State Senator here:

  • Urge your Senator, VOTE NO on S1759

  • Who will decide what a bona fide religious belief is? What is the standard/yardstick?

  • This bill sacrifices religious freedom to compel more people to use vaccines. NJ vaccination rates exceed national levels.

  • Who asked for this bill? What’s wrong with the existing statute? What has changed since the NJ Health Department reaffirmed religious rights in 2008 and 2010, which clarified the guidelines for religious exemption? Why is this bill trying to change that?

  • Excessive Cost to parents/taxpayers – Notarizing, doctors counseling, administrative overhead. The costs unfairly burden those who are least able to afford it. It should not cost money and time to protect our religious rights.

  • It is inappropriate for medical doctors to counsel parents on the exercise of a religious belief. In effect, this bill will require medical practitioners to try to change an individual’s religious beliefs by giving medical advice. This is not religious freedom; it is promotion of official state speech.

  • Senator Weinberg claims this is in response to pertussis outbreaks, yet pertussis outbreaks have been mainly in the vaccinated population, and the CDC has acknowledged that the pertussis vaccine is ineffective.

  • S1759 is a dangerous undermining of the parental and religious rights of NJ Citizens.

Update: The Senate Health Committee hearing was Thursday, September 20th.

You can listen to the archive from the 58:40 mark.

S1759 received 6 YES votes and 2 NO votes, so it will move on.
We are expecting a full Senate vote next week.

Senator Addiego and Senator Singer respected people’s rights to hold religious beliefs that exempt them from vaccinating. Please email them to thank them.

Senator Rice and Senator Allen did not vote.

The following senators voted YES on S1759:

Senator Madden
Senator Gordon
(stated he reserves the right to change his vote when this goes to full Senate)
Senator Sweeney (filling in for Senator Vitale)
Senator Whelan
Senator Thompson
Senator Weinberg (filling in for Senator Buono)

Bill S1759 Restricts Our Right to the Religious Exemption.

Here is a link to the bill:

If S1759 is signed into law, it will require parents seeking a religious exemption to:

  • specify their exact religious tenets in notarized, signed, and sworn format

  • include an explanation of the nature of the religious tenet or practice that is implicated by the “vaccination”

  • explain how administration of “the vaccine” would violate, contradict, or otherwise be inconsistent with that tenet or practice

  • affirm that the religious tenet is consistently held

  • obtain a signed statement annually from a physician or advanced practice nurse licensed in New Jersey proving that parents received vaccine counseling.

Finally, please sign our online petition opposing S1759 and pass it around to friends/family.

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