Mom Thrown In Jail For Not Vaccinating Her Son

The ‘anti-vaxxer’ movement has taken a big hit recently with a custody case in which a mother was jailed for not vaccinating her son. The parents were embroiled in a custody battle and the mom initially agreed to have the boy vaccinated, but ultimately reneged on her promise.

She claims that vaccinations are against her beliefs. A judge sentenced her to a week in jail, which the mother said she would gladly do to avoid getting her child immunization shots.

Rebecca Bedrow, a Detroit, Michigan mom of two agreed last November that she would have her 9-year-old son vaccinated. The agreement was part of a deal she made with her ex-husband during a court custody battle.

The ex-husband wanted their son to be fully vaccinated, but Bedrow was against vaccination entirely. The two had gone to court over their differences and both agreed that the boy would be partially vaccinated.

A year has passed, and Bedrow has not followed through with her part of the agreement. The custody battle went back to court, and the judge sided with the dad.

"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," said the judge. "It's clear to me that you don't care about orders even if you agree to them, which you did. Your attorney signed that order."

Bedrow was found in contempt of court and the judge put her in jail for a week. The mother says she's willing to take 'full responsibility' for going against the court orders.

She says she's against vaccinations and she feels she didn't make her objections clear enough during the initial custody agreements.

"If my child was forced to be vaccinated, I couldn't bring myself to do it," the mom said.

Originally the two parents had agreed to vaccinate their kids over a period of time. As time went on, the mother began having second thoughts. Without discussing it with her husband, she changed her mind and decided not to vaccinate.

Michigan schools require students to be vaccinated between Kindergarten and 7th grade against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Conjugate and Varicella (Chicken Pox).

Despite the vaccination laws, parents can get permission to delay them or get an exemption if they have personal, medical or religious objections to the shots. Bedrow says that she feels she's been 'backed into a corner' and feels as though her parental rights have been taken away.

The anti-vaccination movement became popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, though many health care professionals consider it a conspiracy theory based on some now-debunked studies.

While doctors and pharmaceutical companies admit that vaccines can on rare occasions have potentially serious side effects, the diseases they prevent are far more likely to have potentially serious side effects.

The father of the children has been granted temporary custody. He plans to have the child in question vaccinated while Bedrow is in jail.

Update: After 5 days the mother was released from jail and a judge reduced her custody time.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: CW33, WXYZ, Facebook, U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton

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