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Mother defies court order to vaccinate her son

Ben Schmitt
| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Rebecca Bredow, of Michigan, faces possible jail time for refusing to obey a court order to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated.
WXYZ
Rebecca Bredow, of Michigan, faces possible jail time for refusing to obey a court order to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated.
A a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif.
A a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif.

A Michigan woman says she might go to jail before adhering to a court order to vaccinate her son.

“I would rather sit behind bars for standing up for what I believe in, than giving into something I strongly don't believe in,” Rebecca Bredow told television station WXYZ . “God forbid he were to be injured by one of the vaccines, then what, that's what scares me.”

Bredow, who lives in a Detroit suburb, is involved in a custody battle with her ex-husband over their 9-year-old son.

In November, an Oakland County, Michigan, court sided with Bredow's ex-husband, James Horne, and ordered Bredow to get their son vaccinated. She said Horne wants their son to receive all of his vaccinations but she is opposed.

She has not gotten the boy vaccinated so far.

Bredow said the county judge had given her until Wednesday to get her son the medically allowed amount of vaccination, which would be up to eight vaccines.

The state of Michigan allows parents to opt out of certain vaccines for non-medical reasons. It's unclear whether Bredow sought such a waiver.

“I can't give in against my own religious belief,” Bredow told The Washington Post on Saturday . “This is about choice. This is about having my choices as a mother to be able to make medical choices for my child.”

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, bschmitt@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @Bencschmitt.

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