Does the Portuguese Constitution provide the right to non-vaccination?

PublicDomainPictures’ photo in Pixabay.    Being discriminated for refusing to vaccinate a child is as reprehensible as that made by race, sex, freedom of speech or of conscience.

Indeed. The decision to not vaccinate is legitimate and consecrated in the legislation and in the Portuguese Republic Constitution, for example, read the article 41 or 68.
No one can be persecuted or deprived of its rights by virtue of its convictions. Furthermore, the right to paternity is an eminent social value, to which are also added personal convictions, protected by the rights of freedom of thought and of conscience, as well as the right to security, free choice in health, and the intimacy of the private and family life. Regardless of everyone’s conviction, everyone also has the right to education.

They are all rights safeguarded in the Portuguese Constitution (Articles 26, 27, 41, 74), the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine or the European Charter on Patients’ Rights.

In October 2018, the parties with seats in the Assembly of the Republic had also turned off a petition with more than 10 thousand signatures calling for mandatory vaccination in Portugal. From the left-wing to the right-wing no one defended the obligation, nor the creation of coercive measures, appealing instead that there were more campaigns to raise awareness for vaccination.

Months before, in March 2018, the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, had stated: “It is not possible to have mandatory vaccination, but it is very important that many Portuguese realize the importance of the vaccine.”

The social condemnation that many people try to do because some parents choose not to vaccinate their children is a form of marginalization that is as reprehensible as the one made against race, sex, freedom of speech or of conscience. In one word, it is a decriminalization of those who believe that the only safe vaccine is the vaccine that has never been used.

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