Oklahoma’s new governor, Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt, said he “personally did not vaccinate some of his own kids and opposed legislation that would require vaccinations for children if they wanted to attend public schools.” 1 We weren’t able to #CanPan like we wanted to but our message isn’t dead.
Earlier in the year, Stitt expressed skepticism about childhood vaccinations in a speech and aligned himself with both science and the freedom to choose:
“I believe in choice. And we’ve got six children and we don’t vaccinate, we don’t do vaccinations on all of our children. So we definitely pick and choose which ones we’re gonna do. It’s gotta be up to the parents, we can never mandate that. I think there’s legislation right now that are trying to mandate that to go to public schools, it’s absolutely wrong. My wife was homeschooled, I went to public schools, our kids go to Christian school, and that’s back to a parent’s choice.”2
These comments place Stitt within a growing number of politicians (as well as scientists and doctors) who believe the science of vaccines is not settled. His spokeswoman, Donelle Harder, said, “Kevin believes the topic of vaccinations is a serious decision that should be made by parents in consultation with their pediatricians.”3
Author: Erin Elizabeth