In 2003, the TX legislature passed HB 2292 (HB 2292 - Enrolled Bill Text) which broadened the vaccine opt out justification from "medical or recognized religion" to "medical, religion, or conscientious objection." The legislation says that in order to receive exemption from immunization, the child's parent or guardian must request a child-specific form in writing, sign it and have the signature notarized, and submit the signed form to the school within 90 days of notarization.
In 2004, the state health department promulgated rules along those lines (97.62 Exclusions from Compliance), including that the written request for the child-specific form could be delivered via mail, facsimile, or in person.
The state health department rules have conscientious objection affidavits expire in 2 years even though the legislation does not require expiration.
In February 2007, Governor Perry ordered the state health department to make the request for the child-specific affidavit form available online (RP65 - Text of EO).
Rules. The Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner shall adopt rules that mandate the age appropriate vaccination of all female children for HPV prior to admission to the sixth grade. ...
Parents' Rights. The Department of State Health Services will, in order to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their children's health care, modify the current process in order to allow parents to submit a request for a conscientious objection affidavit form via the Internet while maintaining privacy safeguards under current law.
The "opt out" that Perry provided was "you can request the form via the internet." That's it.
You lied. There was an opt-out. You are making false claims. Meanwhile, the other leading GOP candidate literally MANDATED that the citizens of his state carry health insurance or pay a fine.
Yet you continually post lies about an opt-out which was available. I question your motives...