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05 October 2017, 12:56 | Franklin Nunez
Mother sentenced to jail time for going against court order, not vaccinating son
Rebecca Bredow was sentenced to 7 days in jail after she refused to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. She was found Wednesday in contempt of court for refusing to do so.
Rebecca Bredow was sentenced to seven days behind bars overnight when she appeared in court for failing to comply with the court's order to vaccinate her son, according to Detroit news station, WXYZ.
Bredow told the court: 'I am an educated vaccine-choice mother'.
Why are people "anti-vaccination"?
"I couldn't bring myself to do it", the mom of two said in court.
These claims have been widely, strongly and repeatedly debunked by experts in the medical community.
The federal government does not legislate child immunisation, only issuing recommendations while leaving requirements to states or local school districts.
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A MI mother was told she'd face jail time if she didn't get her son vaccinated.
For that reason, many anti-vaccine parents choose to home-school their children, Mrs Fisher told the BBC. France has recently made vaccination mandatory for children, effective from 2018.
In Michigan, parents are allowed to avoid having their children immunized if it conflicts with their religious or personal beliefs.
Child immunisation rates in MI are also among the worst in the U.S., ranking 43rd out of the 50 states, according to Mlive.
The judge restated that the court never made a finding on vaccination because it was agreed upon by Bredow in November previous year that her son would receive is vaccinations.
A MI mother's anti-vaccination stance put her behind bars on Wednesday.
Bredow was found in contempt of court, and McDonald said the boy would be vaccinated today based on the November 2016 agreement made between the woman and her ex-husband.
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