A mom in Michigan has been sentenced to seven days in jail on Wednesay for refusing to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. According to People, a judge found 40-year-old Rebecca Bredow of Ferndale in contempt of court after she refused to follow an order that she had one week to get her son vaccinated.
The original order was given in November 2016. The mom refused because she did not believe in vaccinations. “If my child is going to be forced to be vaccinated, I couldn’t bring myself to do it,” Bredow told Judge Karen McDonald in court. “It goes against my beliefs.”
Bredow, a mother of two, also underscored that she is a loving mother, despite her decision. “I stand here scared and vulnerable, begging the court to understand that I am not a lazy parent. I am a passionate mother who cares deeply about my children, their health and their well being.”
James Horne, Bredow's ex-husband, wanted the child to be vaccinated. The mom is the primary caregiver of the child and said, “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 cited religious objections as her grounds for not vaccinating her son. Horne's attorney asserts that is not true as Bredow and her current husband do not practice any organized religion. Bredow adds that Horne is making a big deal of the vaccinations because she is asking for back child support.
According to the BBC, parents in Michigan are legally allowed to skip or delay their kids' vaccinations due to personal beliefs.
Every state allows parents to opt out for medical reasons, while some permit declining vaccinations due to religious reasons. The basis for Bredow’s sentence is about her refusal to follow court orders, which she previously agreed to. While she is incarcerated, the child will be taken care of by his father.
[Photo: Michigan Corrections Dept]