By Cleve Bryan
TRENTON, N.J., (CBS) — With more than 9,000 parents state-wide claiming religious exemptions last to year to stop their kids from getting vaccines, New Jersey lawmakers are trying to tighten exemption guidelines.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Chance For Strong To Severe Storms On Tuesday, Damaging Winds
âAs weâve allow the number of people to claim it, we have increasing numbers of people in our population that are unvaccinated. Those people are getting the measles now when we thought we had eliminated it from the country,â says NJ Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) who is a doctor of internal medicine at St Francis Medical Center in Trenton.
Conaway is sponsoring an Assembly companion bill to S-1147 which passed a Senate committee on Monday and is heading for second reading.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Large Group Of Noisy Dirt Bikes, ATVs Take Over Radnor Streets
The measures require parents who claim religious exemptions who provide documentation explaining how vaccines violate a doctrine of their religion.
âI think everyone should have a right to chose for themselves, I think there should be vaccine freedom,â Kaely Harrod, a mother of 3 who lives in Trenton.
Harrod doesnât think itâs right for lawmakers to make a distinction between religious beliefs and personal views.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite Will Not Seek Contract Renewal After School Year
âReligion is such a broad term that really encompasses so many things that my religion to you could be just a set of personal beliefs,â says Harrod, who won’t say whether or not her 3 kids are vaccinated.