By PAIGE AUSTIN (Patch Staff)

At an Iowa Town Hall Thursday, GOP presidential hopeful and failed California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina came out against the state’s mandatory vaccination law.

Fiorina cited the need to protect religious liberty adding, “When in doubt, it’s always the parent’s choice,” according to the Washington Post.

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However, according to the Washington Post she added, “When you have highly communicable diseases where we have a vaccine that’s proven, like measles or mumps, then I think a parent can make that choice — but then I think a school district is well within their rights to say: ‘I‘m sorry, your child cannot then attend public school.’ So a parent has to make that trade-off.”

Fiorina went on to say school districts’ should not be able to mandate “these more esoteric immunizations.”

The presidential candidate told Iowa residents a story about how she resented a school nurse trying to “bully” her daughter into getting the HPV vaccination for her child.

According to, Fiorina has been a vocal opponent of California’s vaccination law, which currently faces opposition from signature gatherers seeking a referendum.

“California is wrong on most everything, honestly,” Slate quotes Fiorina saying. “I’m not at all surprised that they made that mistake as well.”

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