Actress Jessica Biel has teamed up with notorious anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. against a California state vaccine bill.
What are the details?
Kennedy Jr., 65, shared photos of himself and Biel, 37, speaking with legislators and anti-vaccine activists.
Kennedy Jr. captioned the photo, “Please say thank you to the courageous @jessicabiel for a busy and productive day at the California State House.”
The bill in question, SB 276, would limit already existing medical exemptions from vaccinations without an approval from a public health officer. Additionally, SB 276 would also require that the state’s Department of Public Health create a standardized exemption request form for physician use.
SB 276 would mandate “the State Public Health Officer or the public health’s officer’s designee to approve or deny a medical exemption request, upon determining that the request provides sufficient medical evidence that the immunization is contraindicated or that a specific precaution regarding a particular immunization exists, based on guidelines of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that there is no valid scientific link between vaccines and autism, which is one of a variety of concerns for many anti-vax advocates.
Kennedy told the Daily Beast in an interview published Thursday that Biel is on board for “safe vaccines and for medical freedom.”
“The biggest problem with the bill, which is something I think Jessica is concerned with,” Kennedy said, “is that a doctor who has made a determination — if he has found children in this state whose doctors have determined that they’re too fragile to receive vaccinations — this bill would overrule the doctors and force them to be vaccinated anyways.”
Biel, who is married to musician Justin Timberlake, “was a very effective advocate,” Kennedy said. “She was very strong and very knowledgeable. Extremely well-informed. An extremely effective advocate. She knows what she’s talking about. … She’s upset about this issue because of its particular cruelty.”
Kennedy also said that Biel has had friends leave the state because they have been “vaccine-injured.”