Perhaps not the best anti-vaccine argument you should use

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In a Facebook discussion about vaccines, “Kitti St. John” decided that she was going to display her bigoted views of autistics. While trying to convince people that vaccines are bad, she linked vaccines to autism and then compared an autistic child to “an agro chimpanzee.” She then goes on a rant about diets and nature and how vaccines have torn us all apart or something. She even believes that people, healthy people, “do not catch contagious disease.”

Kitti is just one of thousands of anti-vaccine activists who take their misinformed views of vaccines a step too far and demonize autistics of every age. It’s not just the comparison of children with learning disabilities to animals like Kitti just did. It’s also the whitewashing of murders of autistic children. Calling a mother and a caregiver who brutally killed Alex Spourdalakis the victims rather than the murderers that they confessed to be is just one more step in the anti-vaccine playbook of people like Andrew Jeremy Wakefield, people without a shred of evidence that vaccines cause autism but yet want to paint autism as a horrible “disease” that is preventable, avoidable, or curable.

Autism is not preventable, avoidable, nor curable. In fact, one of the biggest signs of quackery is someone who wants to sell you an autism cure or an autism preventative. That’s when you know you’re dealing with loonies, with fraudsters.

I’d like to ask the Andrew Wakefields of the world what they’re doing to ensure that autistic children and adults get all the help they can to live a long and fruitful life. Because, whatever Wakefield did to “help” Alex Spourdalakis failed phenomenally and no one should trust him in any way with their autistic child, ever.

If you want to argue that vaccines are part of some big plot, go ahead. If you want to say that they cause more harm than good, go ahead. All your points are easily refutable. What you shouldn’t do is denigrate autistics to the point that you endanger them and, by extension, endanger all of us. Because failing to protect the weakest among us is a sign that we’re on a downward spiral as a society. We’re circling the drain, so to speak.

7 thoughts on “Perhaps not the best anti-vaccine argument you should use

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  2. More than those children who will end up like Alex, I worry about those whose parents and families are determined to love them to death if necessary, to ‘fix’ them. After the death of his wife, C.S. Lewis wrote that it might actually be worse if God was allowing him to suffer for a loving reason that he couldn’t yet discern, because if it was intended to do him good, it would continue until that good had been accomplished. Cruelty might exhaust itself, or move on to another subject, but love would keep at it until the job was done.
    Loving parents who are convinced they can get their child back to what he used to be or ‘should’ be are far more likely to keep trying any and all treatments, no matter how painful, if they think it will help. It’s criminal that there are so many people who are all too willing to convince them it can be done and help them do it…for the right price.

  3. An aggro chimpanzee. Wow. She straight up called a disabled child an aggro chimpanzee. So obviously she’s campaigning for funding and research into ways to help this family cope with a difficult and stressful situation.

    Ah, nope. She’s blaming the family concerned because they vaccinated and don’t eat organic, so OBVIOUSLY they got an aggro chimpanzee.

    Anti-vaxxers are sociopaths. They prove it every day.

  4. Great. Describe kids like mine as no different from a chimpanzee.

    My actual response is being kept to myself and those who were in earshot when I read that.

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