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The Vaccination ControversyThe Rise, Reign and Fall of Compulsory Vaccination for Smallpox$
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Stanley Williamson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310867

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314216

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A Genuine Conscientious Objection

A Genuine Conscientious Objection

(p.233) Chapter 19 A Genuine Conscientious Objection
The Vaccination Controversy
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This chapter discusses the activities of the anti-vaccination movement. The leading anti-vaccinationists demanded the total repeal of the compulsory clauses of the Acts, in order to stimulate public interest and force the government to set up a Royal Commission to investigate the issue. In 1883 a Bill to repeal the compulsory clauses gave rise to a debate that roused the Commons from its customary torpor where vaccination was concerned. In 1907 an Act was passed that effectively brought compulsion to an end by allowing a dissenting parent to make a ‘statutory declaration’ instead of having to persuade a magistrate to issue a certificate of exemption.

Keywords:   anti-vaccination movement, anti-vaccinationists, compulsory vaccination

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