Actress Jessica Biel shocked even her most loyal of fans yesterday, when she posed for a photo with prominent anti-vaxxer senator Robert F. Kennedy Jr, to discuss the California state bill SB276.
Watch Biel open up about her role as a mother
The bill has been the catalyst for much outcry amongst parents in the United States who wish to limit their children from state-imposed vaccinations, with vocal anti-vaccine senator Robert F. Kennedy Jr at its helm.
On Thursday, Kennedy, who is the nephew of former President John F Kennedy, posed for a photo with The Sinner star which he then posted to his social media accounts, writing his thanks to the Hollywood actress for her support in fighting the vaccination bill.
“Please say thank you to the courageous @jessicabiel for a busy and productive day at the California State House,” the Democrat captioned the Instagram post.
Following the revelation that Jessica Biel may be an anti-vaxxer, she and her husband Justin Timberlake were bombarded with negative comments online that called out the star and her controversial stance.
The hate got so intense that Biel has now been forced to defend herself, stating in a lengthy Instagram post that she is not anti-vaccinations.
"This week I went to Sacramento to talk to legislators in California about a proposed bill," began Biel's statement to her 7 million followers.
"I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians."
Sharing from an experience close to her heart, Biel continued by explaining that her issue is not with vaccinations, but with the limitations the bill would place upon those parents whose children may be allergic to a particular vaccine, and so need a medical exemption.
"My concern with #SB276 is solely regarding medical exemptions. My dearest friends have a child with a medical condition that warrants an exemption from vaccinations, and should this bill pass, it would greatly affect their family’s ability to care for their child in this state."
"That’s why I spoke to legislators and argued against this bill," Biel continued.
"Not because I don’t believe in vaccinations, but because I believe in giving doctors and the families they treat the ability to decide what’s best for their patients and the ability to provide that treatment."