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Critics argue Pan’s legislation amounts to government overreach.

“It takes the state government and puts it squarely in the middle of the doctor and patient relationship,” said Leigh Dundas of the group Advocates for Physicians’ Rights, which has recently bought Facebook ads targeting the legislation. –Washington Post (6/19)

The Advocates for Physicians’ Rights said SB 276 still places doctors “under the microscope of the state government.”

“The bill’s authors just put a huge target on doctors’ backs, which is worse than a ‘chilling effect’, but a ‘killing effect’ of legitimate medical exemptions in this state,” said Leigh Dundas, the organization’s legal consultant. –Sacramento Bee (6/19)

Opponents of mandatory childhood vaccines said the amendments do nothing to alleviate their concerns, and they criminalize doctors who know their patients better than bureaucrats do.

Leigh Dundas, an attorney with Advocates for Physicians’ Rights, a group opposed to the bill, said the measure gives the state “unprecedented” power to overturn a doctor’s decision. She said that’s troubling because public health officials would be legally protected from being sued for damages if they incorrectly revoke an exemption.

“It’s not if the state gets it wrong, it’s when the state gets it wrong,” Dundas told lawmakers. “Once we go down this road, it is a slippery slope.” –San Francisco Chronicle (6/19)

“This law is unprecedented,” said Leigh Dundas of the opposition group Advocates for Physicians’ Rights. “It takes state government and puts it squarely in the center of the doctor-patient relationship.” –LA Times (6/19)

“Under the Amendments, a child who suffered paralysis from the DTaP could still be required to be dosed again in order to attend school depending on a State official’s discretion,” Dundas said. –KTVN2News (6/19)

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Executive Director, Advocates for Physicians' Rights