Anti-Vaxxers March On California Capitol For The Right To Make Doctors Lie For Them


Last week, when we wrote about how Republicans are fighting to let parents send their unvaccinated children to school, we told you we were in the middle of the second largest measles epidemic since the year 2000. Today, as I write this, we are now in the middle of the largest measles epidemic since 2000. We did it guys! We beat Disneyland!

Legislators in California, one of many states trying to do something about the current outbreak as well as prevent the next one, are trying to pass a bill that would give the state authority over whether or not an unvaccinated child's medical exemption is legit.

In 2015, California passed a law removing "personal belief" from the list of vaccine exemptions for children attending school. Almost immediately, the number of "medical exemptions" shot up 250 percent. In order to get around the new law, many parents decided to go doctor shopping to doctors known to give out medical exemptions for things like asthma, being related to a person with autism, a family history of allergies and other issues that have absolutely nothing to do with whether or not one can be vaccinated safely. Some doctors were even found to be selling medical exemptions for $150 to $300 a pop. California Senate Bill 276 was written to deal with these issues.

As you can imagine, the anti-vaxxers are not happy about this new bill. On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds of them stormed the Capitol demanding their right to doctor shop until they find someone who will give their kid a fugazy medical exemption. They claim that what they're really concerned about here is the sacred relationship between doctor and patient.

"Doctors are the only ones who know their patients well enough to make medical decisions such as which vaccines a child should or shouldn't receive," said Dr. Shannon Kroner, an educational therapist and co-organizer for the rally. "It should never be up to a third party to make that type of medical decision."

Kroner, who is not authorized to administer medical exemptions, will join representatives from across the anti-vaccine spectrum. They include families who distrust pharmaceutical companies, those who doubt the "government bureaucrats" in the public health department and many who believe vaccines cause irreversible medical injuries.

Also upset about the bill are those who would not be affected by it because they already have their medical exemptions:

Among the moms desperate to halt SB 276 was Christina Mecklenburg, who said her 2-year-old daughter Hayden suffered from side effects that left her cross-eyed following an MMR vaccine in 2018.

According to Mecklenburg, who said she vaccinated her two older children, Hayden was hospitalized following the vaccine and endured MRI tests to determine what happened.

"As a mom you're like 'what is going on, why is this happening to her'?" Mecklenburg said.

A doctor later gave the girl a permanent medical exemption from mandatory vaccines, finding the MMR shot triggered a nerve disorder.

Just gotta say -- I'm real sorry about your kids' crossed eyes, lady, but that's fixable. You know what's not fixable? Blindness caused by measles. Also there is nothing anywhere that says that vaccines cause strabismus.

Other parents testified as well, talking about all the horrible things that Facebook memes told them can happen when children have vaccines -- so therefore unscrupulous doctors should be able to hand out medical exemptions willy nilly, I guess.


To be clear, these laws do not force parents to vaccinate their children. They can still refuse to vaccinate. They just cannot then send their kid to school, because their kid is a danger to other students. They will have to home school them.

Pretending to have a thing you don't have in order to get something you want is also a really shitty thing to do to people who actually have the issue that you are pretending to have. There's always a cost. Assholes who want to be skinny or have a fun time at a party have made it ridiculously hard for those of us who actually have ADHD (also not caused by a vaccine, by the way) to get treatment or be taken seriously.

But with vaccines, it's not just that these people might make doctors take those whose kids actually have these issues less seriously. They are also making things worse for the kids who actually have compromised immune systems and rely on herd immunity to keep them safe. Those kids, because their immune systems are compromised, are even more vulnerable to the diseases other kids get vaccinated against. Those diseases could actually kill them.

Prior to the measles vaccine becoming widely available, outbreaks occurring every 2 to 3 years would cause, on average, 2.6 million deaths. Even if vaccines did cause autism (they do not) or crossed eyes or whatever other ridiculousness they've come up with by now -- those things are still not as bad as death.

[Sacramento Bee]

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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