CT Battles to Preserve Religious Exemptions

As our active legislative session comes to an end, we are able to reflect on our successes (and failures) of our organization since its inception in January. 

A lot has happened. And Connecticut showed up in numbers. Over and over.  

Hundreds of testimonies at numerous public hearings, filled with heartbreak, frustration, surprises and successes. 

We’ve formed several great relationships in the Connecticut Statehouse with many legislators, and look forward to collaborating on future initiatives with them. 

Our cause has gained some momentum here in Connecticut. We helped coordinate an event with special guest Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the Legislative Office Building for a very imformative presentation about regulatory capture of the agencies trusted to protect our children's health. 

House Majority Leader Matt Ritter (D) has been actively campaigning for the removal of the religious exemption, joined by his colleagues, Representatives Liz Linehan and Josh Elliott.  

On March 29th, Ritter sought the legal opinion of Attorney General William Tong on elimination of the religious exemption to mandatory immunization of CT schoolchildren. 

By April 10th, Informed Choice USA was able to garner the support of 44 legislators, including multiple attorneys who signed a letter to Tong starting their legal objections to this proposal. Please see below the response letter to Attorney General William Tong from State Representatives Jack Hennessy, Anne Dauphinais, and 42 other legislators. 

On May 3rd, the CT Department of Public Health released school-level vaccination data. See our May 10th response to the CT DPH below. 

Attorney General William Tong released his opinion that the removal of the religious exemption in constitutional on May 6th.