National Law Journal | February 4, 2015
Unvaccinated children put everyone else at risk, violating a basic ethical principle against imposing harms on others. If an individual’s right ends at the point that its exercise jeopardizes the safety of others, then why do states allow parents to opt out? The reason boils down to overbroad exemptions granted by many states. The Constitution doesn’t require states to grant any exemptions, but lobbying by a minority of parents has resulted in a tragedy of the commons.