While the movement for vaccine choice and safe vaccines has picked up many notable supporters in recent years including environmental activist and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., former CDC Senior Scientist Dr. William Thompson and others, the mainstream media is pushing back with all its might.
Instead of discussing long-ignored issues like the $3.6 billion in government-sponsored vaccine injury court payouts since a 1986 ruling that drug companies can’t be sued for the harm their vaccines cause, the fast-growing (and mostly untested) vaccine schedule for children, and the necessity of potentially harmful ingredients, the vaccine safety debate has been boiled down to a simple “us vs. them” narrative that is doing far more harm than good.
In what the MSM has worked diligently to mold into a one-sided “anti-vaxxer vs. pro-vaxxer” debate, the “anti-vaxxer” side (which is mostly about simply asking questions, making informed decisions and questioning the powerful drug companies) has been routinely demonized and accused of being dangerous and reckless.
But what the Boston Herald editorial board just wrote about people in favor of vaccine choice is turning heads and leaving many to wonder about their true intentions.
Newspaper Says People Who “Lie” About Vaccine Risks Should Be Hanged
In a new editorial titled ‘Preying on Parents’ Fear,’ the editorial board of the Herald openly states in a (defiant, authoritative tone) their belief that anyone who is found to be “lying to vulnerable people about the health and safety of their children” should be prosecuted and hanged.
The editorial doesn’t specifically state who they believe should meet such a cruel fate, but it does mention “anti-vaccine activists,” “anti-vaxxers,” and an unnamed “disgraced” British doctor (Andrew Wakefield, who was not officially named) as those who have been either influencing or meeting with families of Minnesota’s Somali community, where a total of 41 people have contracted measles during the latest outbreak.
“These are the facts: Vaccines don’t cause autism. Measles can kill,” the editorial states. “And lying to vulnerable people about the health and safety of their children ought to be a hanging offense.”
What the editorial fails to mention is exactly where the “lying” took place, and once again completely ignores the fact that people have their own right to learn and weigh all available information on vaccines in order to make their own decisions.
While painting a dark, simplistic picture about the health impact of measles in the United States, the question remains — exactly how many people in the U.S. die from measles, anyway — and why does the Herald omit this information while openly calling for the death penalty for those who question the risk-reward balance of vaccines?
USA TODAY: First Measles Death in Over a Decade Happened in 2015
In 2015 it was reported that a woman in Washington state suffered the first measles death in the United States in 12 years, after she had contracted it in the hospital.
Her death was officially counted as being due to measles, but less-publicized was the fact that she suffered from pneumonia (a symptom of measles) fueled in part by other health conditions and a compromised immune system (due to the use of immune suppressing prescription drugs) leading up to her death, which was attributed to catching the measles from another patient according to this article from USA Today.
From the article:
“The woman’s death was a preventable, but predictable, consequence of falling vaccination rates, said Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development in Houston…”
But further research into the woman’s death indicates that she had most likely been vaccinated — she had antibodies against the measles and her mother said as much according to this article from NPR.
“You know, her vaccination status is uncertain. Her mother (told) health officials that she was vaccinated as a child,” Seattle Times reporter JoNel Aleccia states, “but they don’t have any of the documentation that proves it.
“And so she’s technically classified as kind of an unknown vaccination status. But just after she was exposed, the young woman was tested, and she was found to have antibodies against measles, enough that would’ve protected a healthy person. But she also had multiple underlying health conditions. And so her immune system was suppressed, and she was vulnerable to the infection anyway…”
All of which of course begs the question: Is the measles threat really as grave as the Herald makes it out to be in the context of calling for the hanging of those who question the safety of the MMR vaccine and its current ingredients?
Proponents of the vaccines and taking them on schedule as recommended by the CDC often point to the declining rates and virtual “elimination” of the disease over the past two decades — a point that has little to do with the main concerns of the other side, namely vaccine additives, safety concerns and potential side effects.
Once again, the crux of the debate is being lost in translation.
More on the Editorial and Call for “Hanging” of Dissenters
The aforementioned Herald editorial goes into detail about a dropping rate of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations among members of Minnesota’s Somali community as justification for its grim warning and threat of capital punishment.
But what the publication fails to realize is that vaccination is still a personal choice, one that each parent is responsible for making in concert with their doctors and any other sources they choose. Those in Minnesota who chose to either not vaccinate or to vaccinate on their own schedule in their own desired amount made their own decisions, and they have the right to seek information from both sides of the debate as they see fit.
The editorial appears to be at its core another thinly-veiled attempt to defend the pharmaceutical industry’s desire for unquestioned “herd immunity” while muddying the waters with threats against those who possess information and subscribe to viewpoints that may shake up the status quo.
Once again, little progress on understanding the issue has been made, while divisions seemingly grow deeper by the day.
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