Michigan Mom Spends Week in Jail for Not Immunizing Son


The Michigan mother who was sentenced to jail last week for refusing a court order to vaccinate her son - and who has since lost primary custody of her son - said she would "do it all over again".

Prior to going to jail, Bredow told ABC News that she and her then-husband, Jason Horne, had initially agreed to space out vaccinations for their young son.

McDonald issued Bredow with the jail sentence for contempt of court. The boy was temporarily placed in the custody of his father James Horne, who made sure he was vaccinated. In the intervening time, Bredow had physical custody, while Horne took charge of the boy on alternate weekends. A small group of supporters gathered outside the courthouse, waving signs reading "freedom is not force" and comparing the fight against vaccines to the pro-choice movement.

Rebecca Bredow was so determined not to complete her son's vaccinations, she was happy to go to jail for her strong beliefs. "If not, you will appear here Wednesday and if you have not, I'll send you to jail".

Rebecca Bredow was released from jail on Wednesday after serving six days for failing to get her son vaccinated and was outraged her son received the jabs while she was behind bars.

Federal health officials say vaccinations are safe and can protect children and teenagers from more than a dozen potentially harmful diseases.

"I have been the primary caregiver of my child since he was born".

Her attorney, Steven Vitale, claims the case is about more than just vaccinations. "This was not leverage in any way", she said.

"It's clear to me that you don't care about orders even if you agree to them, which you did".