Jessica Biel is one of Hollywood’s most private celebrities, but she’s recently begun speaking out about an issue that is important to her and her family.
The actress lobbied California Lawmakers alongside anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. last week, making headlines for her stance against vaccinations.
Biel lobbied against California’s SB276, pending legislation that would tighten the process for receiving medical exemptions for vaccinations. "The goal of the bill is to prevent fraudulent exemptions, especially as the U.S. experiences a serious measles outbreak," NBC News reports.
The Sinner star received backlash once her association with the bill became public. She quickly took to social media to set the record straight on her involvement and where she stands in the nation's ongoing vaccination debate.
"This week I went to Sacramento to talk to legislators in California about a proposed bill," she began her post. "I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians. My concern with #SB276is solely regarding medical exemptions. My dearest friends have a child with a medical condition that warrants an exemption from vaccinations, and should this bill pass, it would greatly affect their family’s ability to care for their child in this state."
"That’s why I spoke to legislators and argued against this bill. Not because I don’t believe in vaccinations, but because I believe in giving doctors and the families they treat the ability to decide what’s best for their patients and the ability to provide that treatment," Biel continued. "I encourage everyone to read more on this issue and to learn about the intricacies of #SB276. Thank you to everyone who met with me this week to engage in this important discussion!"
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