Some members of the California Senate welcomed Jessica Biel on Wednesday to discuss a controversial bill that would tighten medical exemptions for vaccinations. Biel joined anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who lobbied against the bill.
Kennedy posted several photos of the actress on Instagram, writing: “Please say thank you to the courageous @jessicabiel for a busy and productive day at the California State House.”
The bill in question, SB 276, would require California’s State Department of Public Health to develop a more streamlined medical exemption document for vaccinations. Currently, parents in the state who do not want to get their children vaccinated can submit a written statement by a licensed physician explaining why the immunization is not safe for their child.
The bill, introduced by State Senator Richard Pan, proposes that by 2021, licensed physicians and surgeons statewide must use a standardized medical exemption request form, and that this form becomes the only one accepted by the state government.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, Biel explained why she personally opposes the bill. “I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make