(NaturalNews) Should parents who choose not to vaccinate their children be jailed and have their children taken away? Yes, according to a surprising number of vaccine activists who believe that the state’s power supersedes that of parents on this and other public health issues.
Writing in USA Today recently, Alex Berezow, a member of the paper’s Board of Contributors, couched his statements in the context of the current measles outbreak in California, which he says was “entirely preventable” and which continues to spread:
As the disease spreads, experts will debate how we respond and what to do about the anti-vaccine movement that’s partly to blame for this mess. Likely, all we’ll agree on is better outreach to parents.
That’s not enough. Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail.
He went on to insult Americans who have grown wary of government-mandated vaccines over the years, calling them “ignorant ‘anti-vaxxers.'” Further, Berezow says claims that vaccines are “poison” to children are simply “ludicrous,” and that a “mountain of data” proves that they are safe.
“Off with them to jail – and take their kids!”
“Insisting otherwise is akin to believing that the moon landing was faked,” he wrote, adding:
Put simply, no person has the right to threaten the safety of his community. Like drunken drivers, the unvaccinated pose an imminent danger to others. They pose a lethal threat to the most vulnerable: the immunocompromised, such as HIV or cancer patients, and infants who have yet to receive their vaccines.
Anti-vaccine parents are turning their children into little walking time bombs. They ought to be charged for endangering their children and others.
The debate has also turned political in recent days, with major presidential candidates speaking their mind — but in a manner that is a lot less incendiary.
Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie, who is currently the governor of New Jersey, has said that he believes parents should have more say in the vaccination of their children. While visiting an American flu shot maker’s facility in England, Christie was asked about the current measles outbreak and the issue of vaccination. He said he and his wife chose to vaccinate their children, so that is “the best expression I can give you of my opinion,” he responded.
But he went a bit further, adding: “I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well so that’s the balance that the government has to decide. But I can just tell people from our perspective, Mary Pat and I have had our children vaccinated and we think it’s an important part of making sure we protect their health and the public health.”
Another GOP hopeful, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is a physician, said this, as quoted by Dave Weigel at Bloomberg Politics:
I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they’re a good thing. But I think the parents should have some input.
“I didn’t like ’em getting 10 vaccines at once”
In an earlier interview with talk show host Laura Ingraham, Paul said vaccines largely should be “voluntary.”
“I’m not anti-vaccine at all, but particularly, most of them ought to be voluntary,” he said. “What happens if you have somebody not wanting to take the smallpox vaccine and it ruins it for everybody else? I think there are times in which there can be some rules, but for the first part it ought to be voluntary.”
That response is typical Paul, as he has often taken a position that individuals should have more freedom to make such decisions than the government.
He went on to tell Ingraham that he and his wife spread out the vaccine schedule for their children, because “I didn’t like ’em getting 10 vaccines at once.”
Written by J. D. Heyes