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Detroit mom says she prefers jail time to vaccinating son

A mother from Detroit, Michigan is refusing to go against her beliefs – even if it means serving time behind bars.

Rebecca Bredow was given the option to vaccinate her 9-year-old son or go to prison, after her ex-husband and the child’s father put up a tussle in court that an Oakland County judge showed favor of.

Now, Bredow, the primary care giver for her child, only has until October 11 to complete the court order before she is punished.

 

Detroit mother Rebecca Bredow is refusing to go against her beliefs on vaccinating her child – even if it means serving time behind bars

Bredow was given the option to vaccinate her 9-year-old son or go to prison

Bredow was given the option to vaccinate her 9-year-old son or go to prison

Her ex-husband and the child's father put up a tussle in court that an Oakland County judge showed favor of

Her ex-husband and the child’s father put up a tussle in court that an Oakland County judge showed favor of

Bredow cited 'personal beliefs' when choosing to opt-out of vaccinating her son 

Bredow cited ‘personal beliefs’ when choosing to opt-out of vaccinating her son 

'I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don't believe in,' Bredow told WXYZ

‘I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in,’ Bredow told WXYZ

Bredow told WXYZ she and her son’s father initially made a compromise to complete the child’s shots over a period of time, rather than having several vaccines administered close together, which a doctor recommended to them.

Bredow later decided against the vaccines altogether – against her ex-husband’s wishes for the child.

‘I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in,’ Bredow told the news station on the matter.

‘It wasn’t until they started grouping them together that I backed off of doing vaccines,’ she added. 

Bredow told WXYZ she and her son's father initially made a compromise to complete the child's shots over a period of time, rather than having several vaccines administered close together

Bredow told WXYZ she and her son’s father initially made a compromise to complete the child’s shots over a period of time, rather than having several vaccines administered close together

She later decided against the vaccines altogether - against her ex-husband's wishes

She later decided against the vaccines altogether – against her ex-husband’s wishes

The child's father showed concerned about their son's well-being and took the matter to court

The child’s father showed concerned about their son’s well-being and took the matter to court

In the state of Michigan, schools require students to receive vaccinations before entering Kindergarten and up until 7th grade, with transfer students required to be administered in their high school years.

According to Michigan.gov, the vaccines include: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Conjugate and Varicella (Chicken Pox).

However, Bredow told WXYZ she was permitted to delay her son’s shots for personal, medical or religious reasons.

In the state of Michigan, schools recommend students receive shots before entering Kindergarten

In the state of Michigan, schools recommend students receive shots before entering Kindergarten

The vaccines include Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Conjugate and Varicella (Chicken Pox)

The vaccines include Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal Conjugate and Varicella (Chicken Pox)

While the family had the option to wait, the child’s father showed concerned about their son’s well-being and took the matter to court when he lost power. 

Bredow revealed she feel’s ‘angry’ and ‘backed into a corner’ with her ‘rights as a parent taken away’ suddenly.

‘Yes, every parent has a choice but we also have a right to have our voices heard. So why automatically side with the father that wants the vaccines,’ Bredow told WXYZ.

‘What about my choice as the mother who’s the primary caretaker, who solely takes care of my son?’

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