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Posted: October 04, 2017

Mom who refuses to vaccinate son sentenced to jail for decision


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Mom who refuses to vaccinate son sentenced to jail for decision
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By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

DETROIT —

UPDATE 9:47 a.m.: Rebecca Bredow was sentenced to seven days in jail and temporary custody was granted to the father of her child to get him vaccinated, a judge decided Wednesday morning. 

ORIGINAL POST: A Michigan mother was told she’d face jail time if she didn’t get her son vaccinated.

Rebecca Bredow is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to find out if she will be behind bars for standing by her decision to not get childhood shots for her son.

Bredow’s ex-husband wants their son to receive the vaccinations, but as primary caregiver, Bredow has declined.

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“I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in,” Bredow told WXYZ.

She had one week to comply with a judge’s order to get her child his shots, or she could go to jail.

Bredow and the child’s father had made the decision to get their child vaccinated when he was born, but space them out, delaying some. 

“It wasn’t until they started grouping them together that I backed off of doing vaccines,” she told WXYZ.

Skipping or delaying vaccines is permitted in Michigan.

“We’re fortunate in the state of Michigan that’s still permitted, still allow religious, personal and medical exemptions for parents who chose to delay, to skip a vaccine to make various choices,” anti-vaccine advocate Joel Dorfman told WXYZ.

Bredow had a week to have the child brought up to date on his vaccines, according to the judge’s court order. 


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