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By Keely Larson
KHN-UM Legislative News Service 

Montana Considers New Wave of Legislation to Loosen Vaccination Rules

Bills being considered by Montana lawmakers would allow people to refuse routine vaccinations based on their conscience, along with setting new rules for schools, courts, and businesses.


Last updated 3/14/2023 at 4:16pm

James Horning

Deb Horning and her daughters, Charlotte (left) and Caroline. Both girls are dancers at a local studio in Billings, Montana. (James Horning)

When Deb Horning's daughter was 5, she got her measles, mumps, and rubella shot like many other kindergartners. But unlike many other moms, Horning had to stay away from her daughter for a week after the shot.

Horning, 51, was diagnosed in 2014 with acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive cancer - the five-year survival rate for those older than 20 is 27 percent. Horning had been through chemothe...

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