Jessica Biel clarifies she is 'not against vaccinations,' explains her stance after controversy

Jessica Biel set the record straight about her stance on vaccinations after sparking controversy by posing for a photo with a well-known anti-vaxxer.

“This week I went to Sacramento to talk to legislators in California about a proposed bill,” the 7th Heaven alum, 37, wrote on Instagram on Thursday, June 13. “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.”

Biel explained that her concern with California Senate Bill 277 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,” she wrote. “That’s why I spoke to legislators and argued against this bill. 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.”

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Jessica Biel hosted The American Express Experience event to celebrate the launch of the new “Live Life” global brand campaign on April 9, 2018 in New York City.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Jessica Biel seen on the streets of Manhattan on February 12, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Jessica Biel attends The 2018 MAKERS Conference at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotelon February 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Jessica Biel is seen at LAX on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, Californialifornia. (Photo by BG022/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake attend American Express x Justin Timberlake 'Man Of The Woods' listening session at Skylight Clarkson Sq on January 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for American Express)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Jessica Biel attends the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, 'The Sinner' at NBC and USA Network's Post-Golden Globe Awards Party held at Jean-Georges Restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on January 7, 2018 -- (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Jessica Biel attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Holiday Kickoff Party at Beauty & Essex in Los Angeles, CA on Monday, November 13, 2017 -- Pictured: Jessica Biel, 'The Sinner' on USA Network -- (Photo by: Araya Diaz/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Jessica Biel attends the 2017 Baby2Baby Gala on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Jessica Biel speaks onstage at The 2017 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Paul Mitchell on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actress Jessica Biel attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations screening of 'The Sinner' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on November 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actress Jessica Biel attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations screening of 'The Sinner' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on November 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Jessica Biel seen on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Team GT/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Jessica Biel arrives at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jessica Biel at the HBO's Official 2017 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Actress Jessica Biel is seen leaving the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on September 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel flirt with each other while cheering on the players Federer vs. Lopez at Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/WireImage)
THE SINNER -- 'Part VII' Episode 107 -- Pictured: Jessica Biel as Cora Tannetti -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Actress Jessica Biel attends 'The Sinner' series premiere screening at Crosby Street Hotel on July 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: Jessica Biel Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on July 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)
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The Emmy nominee concluded her message by encouraging her 7.6 million Instagram followers “to read more on this issue and to learn about the intricacies of #SB277.” She added, “Thank you to everyone who met with me this week to engage in this important discussion!”

Biel’s post came two days after Robert F. Kennedy Jr. uploaded photos of them meeting with lawmakers to discuss the bill, which many vaccination skeptics have opposed. “Please say thank you to the courageous @jessicabiel for a busy and productive day at the California State House,” the activist, 65, wrote.

As a result, countless social media users labeled the actress as an “anti-vaxxer.” However, she did not appear to be bothered by the backlash and was all smiles at a dinner party in New York City with her husband, Justin Timberlake, on Wednesday, June 12.

Biel and the “Suit & Tie” singer, 38, tied the knot in October 2012 and share 4-year-old son Silas.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOpens a New Window., there is no scientific link between vaccines and autism.

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