Transcript for Woman says she could face jail time for not vaccinating her son
Back on "Gma" with the mother facing possible jail time for refusing to vaccinate her child. The issue coming to a head as she battles her ex in court. Linsey Davis here with that story. Good morning robin. She says based on the research she's done it's not the best choice for her family. If that means going to jail so be it. Reporter: This morning a Detroit mom has a big decision to make. After a judge ordered her to get her 9 1/2-year-old son vaccinated or go to jail. I don't know how long she's willing to put me in. Reporter: Rebecca said when her child was little her and her husband agreed to space out vaccines. She claims her ex was fine with that until last year he changed his mind wanting to follow a regular vaccination schedule. She refused. That decision has her at the center of a legal battle with her son's father. The court sided with him ordering continued vaccination. While the state of Michigan allows parents to opt out for nonmedical reasons the American academy of pediatrics said vaccines have been part of the fabric of our society for decades. I would rather go to jail for standing up for what I believe in than vaccinating my child. An attorney for the boy's father told ABC news it is our position this case is not truly about vaccinations it's a case about the mother refusing to comport with the court's orders and actively frustrating the father's custody rights. Thank you. We'll bring in Dan Abrams and Jen is back with us. The mother says Michigan has a waiver for parents. It does. The state allows parents to sign a document, to take classes and therefore to waive the necessity to get their children vaccinated. The problem here is you don't have the parents taking that position. You have a parent taking that position. You have a parent taking the other position. So a judge has weighed in and sided with the father and said, look, I have to make a decision here. I'm siding with the father. As a result this child is going to be vaccinated. This really isn't as much a case about personal choice and a case about do you abide by a court or. The state is trying to make this harder to get the waiver. That's right. Used to be you could sign a document and you could say for whatever reason we don't want vaccinated. Jen, what about the mother's concerns we heard about this from other parents? About 40% of people in the country think that spacing them out is safer. There's no evidence of that. A study published showed that those children who have their vaccines delayed or spaced out have a higher risk of at the Briel seizure, a seizure associated with fever. There's no reduction in autism risk or no reduction in cognitive performance. We have seen increases in measles and mumps as people skip vaccines. It brings into principal patient autonomy. It means you counsel the patient about the risks and alternatives. If medical science shows that should be done you have to appreciate the patient's desired. How do you approach this? With sensitivity and respect. When you have parents on opposite sides. Thank you both. George. Thank you robin. The grocery wars heating up.
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