To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate, that is the question.
Over the last decade, the number of parents opting out of vaccinating their children have been steadily on the rise. Some of these parents are under religious obligation to not vaccinate their children, while others cite safety concerns and autism as reasons to opt out.
One such parent is Rebecca Bredow, and she’s even willing to go to jail as long as it means her son will remain vaccine-free.
“This is about choice,” the mom told The Washington Post. “This is about having my choices as a mother to be able to make medical choices for my child.”
In 2008, Bredow and her ex-husband, James Horne, made the decision to delay their son’s vaccines for three months after he was born. Three months turned into two years, and now at nine years old, the child has never been immunized.
“I believe in the choice of the parent to make the right decision based on their knowledge of vaccines,” Bredow said in another interview with WXYZ.
Everything seemed to have been working well until Bredow and Horne annulled their marriage, and their son became caught up in a nasty custody battle.