A woman from Michigan is going to spend 7 days in jail after she purposefully defied a judge’s order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son
Rebecca Bredow received her sentence on Wednesday, almost a year after an Oakland County judge ordered her to to vaccinate her son. She had been given until Wednesday to do it, but due to her religious beliefs, she had refused to do so.
“I’m a passionate mother who cares deeply about my children, their health and their well-being. . . . If my child was forced to be vaccinated, I couldn’t bring myself to do it,” Bredow said during a court hearing
Her husband, James Horne, shares joint custody of the child and wants him vaccinated.
“I understand you love your children. But what I don’t think you understand is that your son has two parents, and dad gets a say,” Judge Karen McDonald told Bredow
The judge offered Horne temporary custody of their son and ordered to have him vaccinated.
“It’s clear to me that you don’t care about orders even if you agree to them, which you did,” the judge told Bredow
Horne’s attorney, Benton Richardson, said that his client intends to have his son fully vaccinated.
“The court was really left with no alternative except to take this action based on the fact that she’d indicated she wasn’t going to follow the order,” Richardson said.
“I can’t give in against my own religious belief,” she said Saturday, adding that she is not against vaccination. “This is about choice. This is about having my choices as a mother to be able to make medical choices for my child.”