Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that all children should be vaccinated against preventable diseases, a day after two likely GOP presidential hopefuls suggested that the decision should be left up to parents.
"I don't know that we need another [federal] law, but I do believe all children ought to be vaccinated," BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE, the father of two daughters, said at a news conference at the Republican National Committee.
On Monday, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulVaccine 'resisters' are a real problem Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Journalist Dave Levinthal discusses 'uptick' in congressional stock trade violations MORE (R-Ky.), an ophthalmologist, said parents should have a choice about whether to vaccinate, saying he had seen cases where certain vaccinations had caused mental disorders in children.
“The state doesn’t own your children,” Paul said in an interview on CNBC. “Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom and public health.”
Earlier, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another prospective GOP White House candidate, said parents should have some choice in deciding whether to vaccinate their children, though his office later clarified children should be vaccinated for measles.
Their comments came in the wake of a measles outbreak that infected more than 100 children across 14 states.