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Anti-Vaccination Bill Killed In SD House Committee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has rejected a bill to end the requirement that nearly all students must have received a set of vaccinations before they can attend school or college.

Committee members heard emotional testimony from parents on both sides of the issue, but decided to effectively kill the bill – saying it would result in decreased vaccination rates and could cause outbreaks in vaccine-preventable diseases.

Governor Kristi Noem told reporters last week that she opposed the bill because vaccinations have saved millions of lives.

Supporters of the bill hope that despite its defeat, their doubts about vaccinations will gain credence in the state.