Irvine, Calif. — As Orange County remains on high alert due to a large-scale measles outbreak that has caused quarantines at two major Southern California universities, SD37 voters are painfully reminded of State Senator John Moorlach’s comments criticizing and condemning the practice of mandatory vaccinations for children.
In blog posts from April 2015 and July 2015 defending his rejection of California SB277— a bill that removes personal belief exemptions to vaccination requirements for entry to schools, a bill that fellow GOP lawmakers supported— Moorlach had the following to say:
“In the debate over who owns one’s body versus what is the limit to public health, I am very uncomfortable about forcing vaccinations on children when there are legitimate concerns that are held by certain parents (see http://traceamounts.com/).”
—April 30th, 2015
“There may be two lessons to be learned from Sacramento’s insistence in mandating that California residents be forced to take a regimen of numerous vaccines. The first lesson is those who feel that their civil rights and liberties are being trampled on will react…
…The second is that, with a few exceptions, this bill went along party lines. Consequently, the taxpayers now know who is forcing them to do certain things or face severe consequences. Absolute control by a governing body is the definition of totalitarianism. So, I didn’t hesitate to call it as such. Expect more of the same in the years to come and continue to stay vigilant.”
—July 1st, 2015
“It simply cannot be overstated the amount of danger John Moorlach’s anti-vaccination rhetoric, ideologies, and voting record have put this District in,” said Dave Min. “By adopting a counter-factual approach to vaccinations that equates basic public health protocols to ‘totalitarianism,’ Moorlach has shown he is completely and totally unfit to lead this District, especially as it grapples with its largest measles outbreak in decades. Orange County families and children deserve a State Senator who won’t compromise on their safety in the name of pseudo-science.”
In addition to anti-vaccination rhetoric, Moorlach’s anti-scientific beliefs also extend into climate change denial. In 2017, he published a blog post on his official website calling into question the science behind human-driven global warming, saying, “the data does not convince me that human activity is a primary or significant driver in warming the globe.”
Dave Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest. He is a leading expert on banking and housing policy. His brother Andrew is a Stanford-educated doctor.
California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park.