Anti-vaxxers lobbying Congress (UPDATE)

Orac has some information about an anti-vax briefing that we are passing on. It’s important to keep on top of these things.

Antivaccinationists will be holding a Congressional briefing to attack the Vaccine Court tomorrow – Respectful Insolence.

Murmurs have been rumbling in the antivaccine underground that there would be another hearing this year around the same time. It turns out that it’s probably been delayed until December, thanks to the government shutdown in October, but it is apparently still on. In fact, I’m getting notices and seeing what the antivaccinationists are saying about it, and it appears that there will be a Congressional briefing tomorrow in preparation for the hearing:

Mary Holland and Rolf Hazlehurst will be featured Thursday at a Congressional briefing at noon in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2203. The event will serve as a preview for the House reform committee hearing next month on the vaccine injury “court,” which Congress created in 1986 and now, for the first time, is taking a look at what it hath wrought. It isn’t pretty. Staffers will get a look at the new video on the court’s dysfunctional functioning, narrated by Rob Schneider, and an even newer one on Gardasil’s damaging but widely dismissed effects on so many young women. Hope to see you there if you’re in town. — Dan Olmsted.

Age of Autism site spouts crap like “vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe””. Complete BS. That’s why they have a Web of Trust rating of POOR. They are promoting misinformation and DISinformation. It’s a travesty that people like this can bend the ear of Congresspersons over the medical community. If you are in DC area and can attend this meeting, I know its short notice, but that would be awesome to have a reasonable person in attendance. Also, contact your congressperson to let them know that this is a ridiculous attack on one of the greatest inventions humans have devised to save lives.

UPDATE (7-Nov-2013) Here is how it went.

As you can see, Mary Holland’s goal is nothing less than the dismantling of the NVICP and the Vaccine Court. She must not be allowed to succeed. I’ll be keeping an eye on developments between now and December 4. I hope you will do the same and be sure to contact your legislators to educate them about Holland’s intent and to urge them to support the NVICP.

  5 comments for “Anti-vaxxers lobbying Congress (UPDATE)

  1. Chris Howard
    November 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Perhaps now would be a good time to get an internet petition going?

  2. November 7, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    If Jenny McCarthy isn’t involved, I’m not going. 🙂

  3. November 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Ed Beck of the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy attended this (after I alerted him yesterday) and he’s been tweeting from the meeting, see his feed on Twitter here.

  4. November 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Plan of action:
    1. The hearing that the Canary Party is claiming “will happen” has not yet been calendared, although there has been a date of December 4. There is some suspicion that the Congressional briefing was a sop to the Canary Party leader, and Issa contributor , Jennifer Larson, because the hearing WILL NOT be calendared before the end of the year.
    2. Prepare to mobilize & demand that the hearing include not only anti-vaccine, anti-NVICP spokespeople but also an expert in the Autism Omnibus Proceedings (why they were fair and balanced and how much they cost the American taxpayer); an expert on how the NVICP actually works; and an expert on torts and product liability litigation (to talk about how the vaccine-injured would be worse off in a non-NVICP world).
    3. Prepare to mobilize by finding out how pro-NVICP comments can be included in the record (as anti-NVICP comments by Canary Party will be)
    4. Prepare such comments.
    5. Send to the Oversight Committee.

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