An anti-vaccine activist threw a red liquid on members of the California state Senate yesterday (Sept. 13), causing security to force an evacuation to clear the galley.
The liquid was reportedly menstrual blood, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident.
“That’s for the dead babies!” the protester allegedly screamed while dumping the liquid from the balcony overlooking the Senate floor.
California state senator Melissa Hurtado said her jacket was hit with the blood.
CA Sen. Hurtado splashed with liquid dumped from balcony by protestor of bill restricting exemption for vaccinating children. Senate leaves for caucus meeting. pic.twitter.com/lR8FgVpRuc
— Patrick McGreevy (@mcgreevy99) September 14, 2019
California State Senator Scott Wiener chronicled the events from the floor of the California senate.
Wiener tweeted: “A few minutes ago, the anti-vaxxer stalkers – who’ve engaged in a harassment campaign all week – dropped a red substance onto the Senate floor from the elevated public gallery, dousing several of my colleagues.”
Wiener added: “These anti-vaxxers are engaging in criminal behavior. They’ve now repeatedly assaulted Senators and are engaging in harassing and intimidating behavior every single day, as we try to do the people’s work. They’re a cancer on the body politic and are attacking democracy.”
2/2 These anti-vaxxers are engaging in criminal behavior. They’ve now repeatedly assaulted Senators & are engaging in harassing & intimidating behavior every single day, as we try to do the people’s work. They’re a cancer on the body politic & are attacking democracy.
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) September 14, 2019
A reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle captured the aftermath of the attack, showing the galley being cleared.
California Senate goes into recess after anti-vaccine protester throws a red liquid from the gallery.
— Dustin Gardiner (@dustingardiner) September 14, 2019
Anti-vaccine activists have been protesting in Sacramento after the state government passed a bill tightening rules concerning medical exemptions for children who aren’t vaccinated from illnesses like measles, mumps, and rubella before they’re allowed to attend school.
Anti-vaxxers want that legislation reversed. In other words, anti-vaxxers want their unvaccinated children to be allowed to attend school with vaccinated children, where they pose a public health risk.
This issue is making national headlines because a measles outbreak is roiling California. Between January and April, a total of 704 cases were reported — the highest number of cases reported since 1994, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“While we have very high rates of vaccination overall in the state, we do have pockets where communities have very low vaccination rates,” said Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health. “We have schools where less than 50% of the kids are vaccinated.”
(Source: CBS News)
The outbreak in California has been accompanied by a nationwide spike in measles. Measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, thanks to vaccinations. But now it’s coming back, thanks to anti-vaxxers.
In June, anti-vaxxers threatened legislators at the New York State Capitol after the Assembly and Senate passed a bill that would end religious exemptions for vaccinations.
I am incredibly proud that science has won with the passage of this bill. This will not be the end of our efforts to combat the ongoing measles outbreak, but it is an important step.
— Jeffrey Dinowitz (@JeffreyDinowitz) June 13, 2019
The bill that Governor Andrew Cuomo later signed into law “will require all children attending school or daycare to receive vaccinations, unless they could not be safely vaccinated because of a medical issue.”
Local officials in New York declared a measles outbreak in April.
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