Banning Death Penalty and Unvaccinated Kids

Grind for March 17th, 2019
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Taking Action

The Headline

Italy bans unvaccinated children from attending school

The Grind

The Italian government this week implemented a new law which bans unvaccinated children younger than age 6 from attending nursery and kindergarten.

Kids without proof of vaccination have already been sent home.

The new law allows unvaccinated students ages 6-16 to attend school, but punishes parents with a fine of $560. Required vaccinations include: chickenpox, polio, measles, and mumps.

The Details

Italy’s controversial law comes amid global frustration over parents’ refusal to have their kids vaccinated – a trend that has been blamed on the spread of misinformation online.

In February, Pinterest decided to block all search results related to the topic after it discovered most shared images on its site warned users against vaccination (advice which directly contradicts established medical guidelines).

YouTube has taken similar steps to curb the spread of misinformation about vaccines.

In January, the World Health Organization listed “vaccine hesitancy” as one of the top 10 threats to global health. Other threats include: noncommunicable diseases, air pollution and climate change, obesity, antimicrobial resistance, Ebola, and Dengue.

A Second Chance

The Headline

California Governor suspends death penalty

The Grind

California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday suspended the state’s death penalty, referring to the controversial system as a “failure.”

The suspension, which saves the lives of more than 700 death row inmates, will remain in effect as long as Newsom remains in office.

“Our death penalty system…has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent,” argues Newsom. “It has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. But most of all, the death penalty is absolute, irreversible, and irreparable in the event of a human error.”

Newsom’s executive moratorium includes the opinion that capital punishment is more often used on minorities and criminals with mental disabilities.

The Background

California’s death penalty was outlawed in 1972 following the Supreme Court case People v. Anderson, but was reintroduced a few months later through the state constitutional amendment Proposition 17.

Since 1972, there have been just 13 executions despite hundreds having been sentenced. The last execution occurred in 2006 when Clarence Ray Allen was killed by lethal injection for the murders of three people.

In February 2006, a federal judge suspended capital punishment in California after deciding the state’s method of lethal injection could be considered “cruel and unusual punishment.”

In November 2016, California residents voted on a proposition to replace the death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole. The measure failed with 46.1% of the vote.

As it stands, the death penalty remains legal in 30 states and has been abolished in 20 states and in Washington, DC.

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