Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, But That’s Not The Point. Stop Being Ableist.

The Belle Jar

Here are some typical arguments put forward by parents who choose not to vaccinate their otherwise healthy child (by which I mean they’re not asking to be exempt because the child is immunocompromised or otherwise couldn’t medically tolerate vaccinations. For this example, I will pull quotes directly from a recent New York Times Article, Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles:

“It’s the worst shot,” [Missy Foster, mother to an 18 month old daughter] said, with tears in her eyes. “Do you want to wake up one morning and the light is gone from her eyes with autism or something?”

Kelly McMenimen, a Lagunitas parent, said she “meditated on it a lot” before deciding not to vaccinate her son Tobias, 8, against even “deadly or deforming diseases.” She said she did not want “so many toxins” entering the slender body of a bright-eyed boy who loves math and geography.

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