Rebecca Bredow says she has taken a principled stand for her beliefs.
For that, she will spend a week in jail.
The Detroit-area woman was sentenced to seven days in jail Wednesday after refusing to obey a court’s order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son.
Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Karen McDonald said that the child would also be vaccinated on Wednesday. He was put in the custody of his father, Bredow’s ex-husband, during the week in which his mother well serve her sentence.
“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 said, according to WXYZ Detroit.
She had been given one week to comply with a judge’s order to get the child vaccinated, with jail as the alternative.
Bredow said she and the child’s father agreed when the child was born to get all required vaccinations, but to delay some of them, which is permitted in Michigan.
“It wasn’t until they started grouping them together that I backed off of doing vaccines,” she said.
However, the child’s father wanted the vaccinations, which set the divorced couple against one another.
“I feel angry. I feel backed into a corner. I feel like my rights as a parent have been taken away,” she said.
In explaining her sentence Wednesday, McDonald said Bredow and her attorney signed an order in November 2016 saying the child would be vaccinated.
The order was never appealed or set aside, McDonald said.
Bredow’s current husband, Gary Bredow, does not agree with the court.
“I think it’s horrific; to me it’s a worst case scenario,” he said, according to WWJ. “For a mother who has done and followed all of the state exemption laws, never had her voice truly heard in this court … I think it’s absolutely horrible.”
Tasha Shurgin, a protester outside the courthouse, said Bredow was right not to compromise her beliefs.
“I don’t think that going to jail is ever good, but I think it’s important that people stand for what they believe,” she said “I don’t think she could life with herself; I know I couldn’t live with myself if I was forced to make a decision that goes against everything I believe in.”
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