A Michigan mother of two has received a seven-day jail term for refusing to vaccinate her 9-year-old son, citing religious belief.
40-year-old Rebecca Bredow was also in contempt of court after an order from a judge giving her one week to vaccinate her son was ignored by her. The court order for the vaccination was issued in November 2016.
Rebecca says If her child was going to be forced to be vaccinated, she couldn’t bring herself to do it as It goes against her beliefs.
Before she was sentenced told the judge that she stands there scared and vulnerable, begging the court to understand that she is not a lazy parent, but a passionate mother who cares deeply about her children, their health, and their well being.
Rebecca’s ex-husband, James Horne, says he wants their son vaccinated, but Rebecca is the primary caregiver of their son. While Rebecca cools off in jail, James will have temporary custody with an opportunity to get the child vaccinated.
Meanwhile, she says she would rather go to jail standing up for her belief rather than do something against her belief, adding that parents have the right to make decisions for their kids.
Rebecca Bredow says that her ex-husband has known about her objection to vaccines and is just making an issue of it because she’s been attempting to get back child support.
There is no penalty for refusing to vaccinate your child in the US, as parents in Michigan are legally allowed to delay or skip their children’s vaccinations due to personal beliefs while some states permit parents to decline vaccination for philosophical or religious reasons.
The judge says Rebecca’s sentence is about her refusal to follow court orders which she previously agreed to.