Wakefield advocating against pro-vaccination bill in California

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.

Anti-vaccine leader tells parents to fight immunization bill.

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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  5 comments for “Wakefield advocating against pro-vaccination bill in California

  1. Dubious f
    April 26, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Certainly don’t want to be addicted to tetanus shots…. I guess they don’t have the internet in California. One quick look: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Wakefield. Says enough! This year was the measles, next year might be polio. The right of parent’s freedom to choose should not prevail over their children’s right to live (wink wink Jehovah’s ). When Wakefield vacations down south, does he get needled for the runs .??

  2. Angela
    April 27, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    I think the part that Wakefield missed in medical school was “first do no harm”.

  3. DM
    April 27, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    I was confused for a second until I realized he spoke at a *chiropractic* college, a field that is full of dubious alternative medical ideas and that is historically opposed to vaccinations. Not to imply that everyone in the field is wrong or dangerous (or anti-vax), but from what I’ve read and seen, it has very questionable foundations.

  4. ikanreed
    April 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Oh, god. I thought he was just selfish and willing to publish shoddy research materials with an unstated conflict of interest.

    But no. Here he makes it clear that he’s a terrible person who actively favors dead kids.

  5. CopernicusWasRight
    June 2, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Big money in chiro-fraud. Do the math. Note also Brit documentary establishes Wakefield had a money making alternative in mind when he invented the whole fake MMR-causes-autism canard. He should be deported for fraud and reckless endangerment.

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