Medical community pariah antivaccination advocate Andrew Wakefield speaks at Life Chiropractic College West in California and continues his spreading of dangerous fear-mongering misinformation and ignorance.
Andrew Wakefield, the British scientist and former physician whose discredited research linking autism and immunizations helped launch a worldwide anti-vaccination movement, encouraged Californians Friday to fight back against a state Senate bill that would make childhood vaccinations mandatory.
“Your rights are being ripped from you,” Wakefield said. “Parents are no longer going to be in charge of their own children. This is the fight that has to be taken to Sacramento.”
On Friday, Wakefield warned his audience that if the bill passes, it will open a door toward mandatory vaccinations for people of all ages, and create a “society that is dependent on vaccinations.”
He had more threatening forecasts, too. If immunizations are made mandatory, he said, Child Protective Services< could “take your children away, and they will vaccinate them. And then they will bring them back and leave it to you to pick up the pieces.”
Such absurd things from an absurd man. What did he miss in medical school to NOT realize we already are heavily dependent on vaccinations to keep harmful and deadly (now preventable) illness from kill major portions of our population, typical children, before they reach their teen years. How ignorant can one person be.
It’s curious he’s speaking at a chiropractic college. It’s noted he was given a warm reception and standing ovations.
Recall that more than 130 people in California came down with measles earlier this year in large part to NOT being vaccinated. SB277 would eliminate some of those easy exemptions, a very rational response to the problem in California of lessening widespread vaccinations.
Detractors were critical of Wakefield’s appearance.
“Andrew Wakefield is a discredited physician from another country who has come here, and now he’s meddling in our politics and our policies and jeopardizing the health of our children,” said Leah Russin, a Palo Alto mother who founded Vaccinate California, which promotes efforts to make childhood immunizations mandatory.
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