UPDATE: Here are others’ thoughts on this subject. I’ll update as I see more speaking out against this madness.
Yeah, I was not supposed to come back to the blog until Sunday. In fact, that blog post has already been written. It’s just that something came to my attention today, and you, my two or three readers, must know about it right now. It is almost an emergency because it is placing children in harm’s way.
I’m talking about this report from CBS. I need to warn you that it is very hard to look at. It has images of a child with autism by the name of Alex being mistreated and it describes in some detail how his mother and his caretaker killed him. The most infuriating part of the report is that, in my opinion, it attempts to explain why the child was killed, completely forgetting that a child was killed. Giving the mother and caretaker’s difficulties in having the child treated, the report, to me, tries to justify what they did. And, in my humble opinion, now puts it out there that it is okay to kill your neurodevelopmentally delayed child if he or she becomes too much of a burden to you.
The worst thing is that the heinous murder of Alex is being touted by the “Autism Media Channel,” an online outfit who seems hell-bent on declaring Andrew Jeremy Wakefield innocent of the fraud he committed, as what parents are being driven to do when help doesn’t come. Not only that, but Andrew Jeremy Wakefield sat there next to Alex and looked into the camera asking for “help” while using Alex as a background prop.
Instead of saying, “Hey, we have all these great new ways to detect autism in children and all these great, evidence-based interventions to make their lives better,” the people who keep touting vaccines as the cause of autism keep on keeping on… They go as far as to say that bleach enemas and drinking bleach solutions will “cure” autism, a condition that is not curable (because it is not something that can be cured). And now they’ve gone a step further and try to justify the murder of a child.
Then again, it’s not the first time anti-vaccine activists try to clear the names of killers. They’re all about defending parents who shake their babies to death by alleging that vaccines can break bones, bruise internal organs, and snap necks. If we let them spread their lies and misinformation, it will be okay to kill your child and blame vaccines for your lack of coping skills in being a parent.
No, it is not okay to kill your child, no matter how much you’re suffering because of their disability.