Childhood anti-vax bill slams into wall after hearing

Falsehoods dominate a House hearing on a bill that would strip the Kansas health secretary's authority to require children who attend school or day care to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Medical professionals sounded alarms about anti-vaxxer efforts.

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February 22, 2022 - 9:49 AM

Heather Braum, health policy adviser at Kansas Action for Children, testifies before the House Health and Human Services Committee on Monday at the Statehouse in Topeka. Photo by Sherman Smith / Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA — As the daughter of a retired, small-town funeral director, Heather Braum says she has walked through the cemetery numerous times.

And, she told lawmakers Monday, she noticed something about the older sections.

“There are so many infant and child graves throughout, many without names or dates listed,” Braum said. “If there are dates listed, they are far too short.”

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