A Michigan mom reveals that she would rather go to jail than vaccinate her son, and she’s fully prepared to accept the consequences.
According to ABC News, Rebecca Bredow, of the Detroit area, insists that she would “absolutely” rather go to jail than vaccinate her young son.
“I would rather go to jail for standing up for what I believe in than vaccinating my child,” Bredow said, adding that she believes vaccination should be considered a “personal choice” for parents.
“I choose not to vaccinate, but that's my choice," she said. “I'm not against vaccines, it's everybody's personal choice."
Bredow explains that when she and her ex-husband, Jason Horne, separated in 2008, they agreed to space out their son’s vaccinations.
Now, however, Horne reportedly wants to hurry up and give their son all of his vaccines right now.
"Now I have four-and-a-half business days ... to fully vaccinate, they want me to bring him up to the fullest extent medically allowed, which would be up to eight vaccines, in one dose," Bredow said. "And this is supposed to be done before 9 a.m. on Wednesday."
Although Bredow and Horne share legal joint custody of their son, Bredow says she is the boy’s primary caretaker.
"God forbid if he were to be injured by a vaccine," Bredow said. "I would have to take care of him."
Although the state of Michigan does allow parents to opt out of some vaccines for non-medical reasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly emphasizes the importance of vaccines on their website.
"Vaccines have been part of the fabric of our society for decades and are the most significant medical innovation of our time," the group said. "Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives."
Benton G. Richardson, Horne’s lawyer, told ABC News that "this case is not truly about vaccinations," insisting that his client and Bredow have been in a serious legal battle since last year.
Court documents show that the law is on Horne’s side, and Bredow has since been ordered to have their son vaccinated immediately.
While the boy was reportedly supposed to be vaccinated in 2016, Bredow still refuses to comply with the order.
"It is our position that this case is not truly about vaccinations," Richardson said. "It is a case about Ms. Bredow refusing to comport with any number of the court's orders and actively seeking to frustrate Mr. Horne's joint legal custody rights."