Commentary: ‘I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back’

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The decision to cause a full-blown, multi-state pandemic of a virus that was effectively eliminated from the national population generations ago is my choice alone, and regardless of your personal convictions, that right should never be taken away from a child’s parent. Never.

90Andrea Martin writes: As a mother, I put my parenting decisions above all else. Nobody knows my son better than me, and the choices I make about how to care for him are no one’s business but my own. So, when other people tell me how they think I should be raising my child, I simply can’t tolerate it. Regardless of what anyone else thinks, I fully stand behind my choices as a mom, including my choice not to vaccinate my son, because it is my fundamental right as a parent to decide which eradicated measlesdiseases come roaring back.

“The bottom line is that I’m this child’s mother, and I know what’s best. End of story. Politicians, pharmaceutical companies—they don’t know the specific circumstances that made me decide to breathe new life into a viral infection that scientists and the nation at large celebrated stamping out roughly a century ago.”

The decision to cause a full-blown, multi-state pandemic of a virus that was effectively eliminated from the national population generations ago is my choice alone, and regardless of your personal convictions, that right should never be taken away from a child’s parent. Never.

“It’s simple: You don’t tell me how to raise my kids to avoid reviving a horrific illness that hasn’t been seen on our shores since our grandparents were children, and I won’t tell you how to raise yours.”

Say what you will about me, but I’ve read the information out there and weighed every option, so I am confident in my choice to revive a debilitating illness that was long ago declared dead and let it spread like wildfire from school to school, town to town, and state to state, until it reaches every corner of the country. Leaving such a momentous decision to someone you haven’t even met and who doesn’t care about your child personally—now that’s absurd!

University Of Iowa Begins Vaccinating Students For Mumps

Maybe I choose to bring back the mumps. Or maybe it’s diphtheria. Or maybe it’s some other potentially fatal disease that can easily pass among those too young or too medically unfit to be vaccinated themselves. But whichever highly communicable and formerly wiped-out disease that I opt to resurrect with a vengeance, it is a highly personal decision that only I and my family have the liberty to make.

The bottom line is that I’m this child’s mother, and I know what’s best. End of story. Politicians, pharmaceutical companies—they don’t know the specific circumstances that made me decide to breathe new life into a viral infection that scientists and the nation at large celebrated stamping out roughly a century ago. It seems like all they care about is following unexamined old rules, injecting chemicals into our kids, preventing ghastly illnesses that used to ravage millions and have since been erased from storming back and wreaking mass havoc on a national scale, and making a buck. Should we really be listening to them and not our own hearts?…(read more)

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3 Comments on “Commentary: ‘I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back’”

  1. Mike says:

    i get the satire… and it’s cute, by half. But what has always intrigued me about this argument is who shoulders the risk?
    The implication is that those who choose Not to vaccinate their Children would be “reviving” a long dead virus. But the rub is they would be “reviving a long dead virus” demonstrating that it is clearly Not Dead, and then only for Their Kids… the ones who did Not get Vaccinated.
    So where’s the problem?
    All of this seems designed to accept the conditioning of following demands.
    Full disclosure: I believe in the vaccination programs and do not subscribe to the hysteria surrounding the ills following them. I also understand there are a small number of side effects which lead to death… far smaller than what is associated with my daily activities having nothing to do with injecting myself with anything.
    I guess it’s the effort to make those who wish to retain their right to choose out to be stupid and self-centered. When their Children are of the age of Majority they can rush to the clinic and get their shots. They should consider themselves lucky to have the chance as their parents didn’t follow the same groups advice and abort them. (I’m also pro-choice for the record)
    In the end, if you don’t vaccinate your kids, you’re the one who will carry the responsibility for your child possibly dying from a myriad of diseases which are never “Long Dead” and will always be present in our Planet.

    • The Butcher says:

      Good observations. Anti-vax sentiment deserves to be lampooned and the celebs and other public figures that feed this anti-science nonsense deserve to be mocked and exposed as frauds. That said, I have no problem with most of your observations, except this, which is either misleading, or incomplete: “In the end, if you don’t vaccinate your kids, you’re the one who will carry the responsibility for your child possibly dying from a myriad of diseases” –Really? If only it were that simple. This suggests that it’s only them and their children who are shouldering individual risk. It’s the risk their ignorant choices pose to everyone ELSE’S kids, and to society at large. In the end, it’s the rest of us who are impacted by this dangerous minority of parents who have irrational concerns about being “injected” with something public health prescribes to immunize and protect the population. Am I missing something? Since diseases are contagious, and take an effort to contain, I don’t think we can view it as a simple case of individual risk. The irony is, the largest minority of these people don’t live in poor neighborhoods. They live in places like Beverly Hills. They’re affluent. Though I’m not sure it’s possible to isolate the guilty parties that play a role in the diseases and deaths of other people’s kids, by refusing vaccinations, but if it were possible to identify them, I’d like to see them subjected to lawsuits launched by grieving parents against these intentionally non-compliant parents. Seeing a wealthy California household stuck with a million-dollar legal penalty would have more positive impact than dozens of satire articles.

      • Mike says:

        This suggests that it’s only them and their children who are shouldering individual risk. It’s the risk their ignorant choices pose to everyone ELSE’S kids, and to society at large. In the end, it’s the rest of us who are impacted by this dangerous minority of parents who have irrational concerns about being “injected” with something public health prescribes to immunize and protect the population.

        This is exactly what I’m suggesting.

        If you children are immunized… they have no risk.

        The counter argument is that this diseases will then mutate.

        The problem with this thinking is the idea that America is the The World. It is not.
        These diseases are alive and well all around the world right now… mutating their little heads off. And this will be true forever.

        One must remember that to be Free means being able to make the Wrong Choice even When you know what the Right One is.

        I Vote to get Immunized. But I reserve my right to change my mind.

        In the end I don’t agree with the premise..

        I didn’t force my child to wear a bullet-proof vest at school…
        I didn’t prevent my child from climbing a tree…
        I allowed my child to go outside and play…
        All of which carry dangers including death.

        The “heard” immunity argument is a late addition to the debate and has not proven to be true. Even if it could be proven it cannot be adhered to unless and until ‘the world is one’.


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