Freedom and Ethics Alliance Rebuttal to Boston Herald Editorial “Preying on Parents Fear” written by Robin Gray, Esq. (Freedom and Ethics Alliance Member)
In reviewing the editorial staff on May 8, 2017, it is apparent that the writer was influenced by ignorance and using this platform to instill fear into the very people who need facts and information to make the right decisions for their children.
The “anti vaxx” movement, as penned by the author of the editorial is not against vaccinations. The movement is against forced vaccinations and vaccinations without full disclosure to parents about the risks and benefits.
The realization of the injuries caused by vaccines was so severe that in 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The law was created by Congress in response to lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry and medical trade associations to shield drug companies and doctors from civil product liability and malpractice lawsuits for injuries and deaths caused by federally recommended and state mandated vaccines.
The law, which acknowledged that vaccines carry serious risks, created a federal vaccine injury compensation program (VICP). As of 2017, the VICP had awarded more than $3.7 billion to vaccine injured individuals and their families. Injuries and deaths from pertussis-containing vaccines lead in the numbers of compensation awards, followed by influenza vaccine, MMR vaccine and hepatitis B vaccine.
As many are aware, the pharmaceutical and medical trade companies have a very big lobby with a lot of money to influence Congress to ensure these companies are not touched. The fact that this law was passed and acknowledged that injuries caused by vaccines was severe speaks volumes about the adverse affects facing individuals having forced vaccinations.
The Boston Herald editorial associates the Hollywood flavor of the month when it comes to causes with a real concern among parents about the drugs being injected into their children without full disclosure. There is more disclosure about the side effects of Viagra, Cialis and toe fungus medicine than there is about vaccinations, which can have permanent life altering consequences. Full disclosure and safety are what the “anti-vaxx” groups are seeking from the medical community.
For the editorial writers to state that the public is being lied to by groups disclosing the truth about vaccines is itself a lie. To further state that anyone who does not vaccinate their children should be a hanging offense, is irresponsible journalism border lining on terroristic threats of intimidation and coercion.