A frequently occurring dispute between co-parents is whether or not children should be vaccinated. If parents who have joint legal custody cannot agree on this issue (or another medical issue such as whether a child will have a tonsillectomy, etc.) a parent who wants to have children vaccinated will have to petition the court for an order.
The New England Journal of Medicine reported in a newsletter today that the California state Assembly voted on Thursday to restrict exemptions for vaccinations for school-aged children.
The California state Assembly voted that children will no longer get personal belief exemptions, but they will still be eligible for medical exemptions. The state's Senate already passed a similar version of the bill. Under this law, unvaccinated children who do not have a medical exemption will not be permitted to attend public schools. They will have to receive their schooling at home or in private home-schooling groups.
Recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as pertussis and measles, in California were the impetus for legislative action. Those outbreaks have been attributed to undervaccination.
Reuters covered this story here.