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Lawsuit Challenges California's New Vaccine Requirements

Eduardo Verdugo / AP
 

Eduardo Verdugo / AP

(AP) - A lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn California's strict new law requiring mandatory vaccines for school children.

The suit filed by a group of parents and the nonprofit Education 4 All was filed in San Diego federal court on Friday, the same day the new law took effect.

It says that the law violates the children's right to an education as guaranteed under California's constitution.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the vaccine measure, SB277, into law last year amid fierce opposition from some parents groups who argued the state should not force their children to be vaccinated.

The new state law struck down the personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. It also applies to private schools and day care facilities.