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'Anti-Vaxer' Goes To Jail For Failing To Comply With Court Order

A Michigan mother who is against immunization shots was ordered by a court to bring her 9-year-old son to be vaccinated. Even under court order, the mother refused. A judge sentenced her to jail for five days after the mother failed to meet his deadline.

Rebecca Bredow and her husband had a messy divorce and custody battle, and one issue of contention was vaccinations. The ex-husband, the boy's father, took his ex-wife to court because she had failed to vaccinate the boy.

"If my child was forced to be vaccinated, I couldn't bring myself to do it," the mother said. She's mentioned that she'd rather go to jail than have her child vaccinated, and she ended up getting her wish.

The father argued that, at the time of the child's birth, both the mother and father agreed to delay vaccinations, but still fully intended to give the boy the series of shots. Bredow had since reneged on the agreement because she became a proponent of the 'anti-vax' movement, a movement that claims the vaccinations are riskier than the actual diseases they're supposed to prevent.

At a court hearing, a judge sided with the father. She ordered the mother to uphold the agreement and gave her a one-week deadline to get the child vaccinated. Once again, Bredow backed out and failed to bring her son to the doctor to have the series of shots.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and it was not my intent to disrespect your honor or disobey the court's orders," she said to Judge Karen McDonald at a hearing. She was found guilty of disregarding a court order.

“I stand here today scared and vulnerable, begging the court to understand that I’m not a lazy parent,” Bredow said at her sentencing. “I’m a passionate mother who cares deeply about my children, their health and their well-being.”

"I am an educated vaccine-choice mother and I have signed vaccine waivers and have been fully compliant with all state laws for both of my children for every school year," Bredow said.

The judge wasn't having it and sentenced Bredow to seven days in jail.

“I understand that you love your children, but what I don’t think you understand is that your son has two parents, and dad gets a say,” McDonald said.

In the time the mother was in jail, the father was granted temporary custody. During that time, he brought the child to get his immunization shots.

Bredow was released from jail after just five days.

The anti-vax movement began in the 1990s, when a doctor claimed to have conducted a study that found vaccinations were linked to autism and other conditions. Since then, the data has been debunked because it was proven that the doctor falsified the data. Other studies have proven the doctor’s claims to be untrue, but the anti-vax movement was already in full swing and many parents had jumped on the bandwagon.

Source: Fox News, WXYZ
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