Scientologist-led anti-vaxx 'Conscience Coalition' is off to a humble start - 2019-08-04
The Conscience Coalition is continuing to organize against SB 276, a bill that would require California health officials to monitor doctors and schools that have more than usual rates of medical exemptions from required childhood vaccines. Members are being asked to contact or visit their legislators to oppose the bill.
The Coalition is led by Scientologists Greg Mitchell, Renee Bessone and non-Scientologist Jonathan Lockwood. Its other members appear to all be Scientologists. They have announced two priorities — opposing childhood vaccination and promoting religious freedom.
This week the group created a website and issued a "Study Assignment" demanding that legislators read a series of documents that are completely unrelated to the bill. They include the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the 2011 Supreme Court decision in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth which is a case upholding the act, the Hippocratic Oath, and the Nuremberg Code, which are ethical guidelines written to oppose medical experimentation by the Nazis during World War II. None of which has anything to do with California looking more closely at medical exemptions to see if they are based on science or on parental fears.