Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Date: 8 January 2015
Author Rachel Browne, Social Affairs Reporter
A French couple have received a two-month suspended jail sentence for refusing to vaccinate their two young children.
Marc and Samia Larere were given the sentence in the criminal court at Auxere, 175 kilometres south of Paris, on Thursday.
The case has attracted widespread attention in France where strict vaccination laws mandate childhood immunisation.
The court was told the couple refused to vaccinate their children, aged three and 15 months, against polio, tetanus and diphtheria because they believed the vaccine would do more harm than good.
In France, proof of vaccination is required before a child can attend day care, school or sports programs.
When the couple could not provide proof their children had been immunised, they were initially charged with neglecting their children’s health, an offence that carries a maximum of two years in prison and a $46,000 fine.
The couple argued they refused to use the combined polio, tetanus and diphtheria vaccine because it contained a “toxic product”.
The charge was downgraded to “refusing to undergo mandatory vaccination”, which carries a maximum of six months’ imprisonment and a $5800 fine.
New vaccination laws came into effect in Australia on January 1, requiring families to immunise their children or miss out on subsidised childcare, worth thousands of dollars a year.
The same rule applies to the family tax benefit part A supplement.
My Conclusion: talk about medical tyranny. Getting fined and being throw in jail for refusing to vaccine their children. Now a law passed in Australia that children are required to get vaccinated of miss out on subsidised childcare. Do you know why the government ran law through because the people are not paying attention and allowing the government to pass such laws.