Skepticism

Anti-vax press conference

Today at 2pm EST, the parents of a “vaccine inured” child (now 19) will be holding a press conference in D.C. to denounce the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that families cannot sue vaccine manufacturers when their kids turn autistic.

The ruling does not say that those actually injured by vaccines are not entitled to sue for compensation. Simply that they cannot sue the manufacturers. Instead, they must sue in the specially designated vaccine court for funds put aside specifically for these cases.

The anti-vaccine crowd sees this as proof that the government is trying to line the pockets of Big Pharma by poisoning us all and creating an entire society of autistic and easily controlled drones… which makes total sense when you think about how easy it is to control developmentally delayed children.

In reality, manufacturers make very little profit off of vaccines. A handful of lawsuits would mean that they would stop making them altogether… generally, if a product costs more to make and distribute than it sells for, companies stop making that product. But public health is at great risk if vaccines go away. So the US government stepped in.

“Big Pharma” is still required to abide by laws that say that they can’t give the world autism on purpose, but that’s not a consolation to the anti-vaxxers. So… they’re protesting. Because they’d rather there be no vaccines than a place for families to go to receive compensation for damages without wiping out the entire human population with polio and measles.

Of course, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe they have other points that make sense as to why they should be allowed to sue whomever they want no matter what the expense is to the general public. Maybe they should be able to get money from vaccine manufacturers for the autism that the vaccines didn’t cause and for the mercury poisoning it didn’t give their children… and I should just mind my own business when my kids end up deaf and infertile from mumps. Let’s watch… and see.

Feel free to develop drinking game rules in the comments. It may help you cope.



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Press release:

Press Conference Thursday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the U.S. Supreme Court
(Washington, D.C.) Russ and Robalee Bruesewitz, parents of Hannah Bruesewitz, along with vaccine safety and autism leaders Mary Holland, Esq. and Louise Kuo Habakus will hold a press conference on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. They will denounce the Court’s ruling last week in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth. Vaccine-injured children are now denied the right to sue for defectively designed vaccines in civil court.

The Supreme Court’s decision will erode public confidence in childhood vaccines. On behalf of over 100,000 concerned citizens, advocates, and professionals, these leaders urgently call for vaccine policy reform.
Where: U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C
When: Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Organizations that signed an amicus brief on behalf of Hannah Bruesewitz: AgeofAutism; Autism Action Network; Autism One; Autism File; Center for Personal Rights; Citizens for Health; Coalition for Mercury-Free Medicine; The Coalition for Safe Minds; the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA); Generation Rescue; International Medical Council on Vaccination; National Autism Association; National Economic and Social Rights Initiative; National Gulf War Resource Center; National Vaccine Information Center; New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice; New York Alliance for Vaccination Choice; NoMercury; Pandemic Response Project; Schafer Autism Report; Talk About Curing Autism; Truth About Gardasil; Veterans for Common Sense.

Elyse

Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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19 Comments

  1. Could not bring myself to watch (also, slow work computer is slow). I was able to watch Elyse, Derek and Brian’s tweets. So sad. But at least, as Elyse mentioned, the ‘turnout’ was akin to the Grant Park ‘rally’ as far as attendance.

  2. Watched, yelled at computer. Shoulda opted for drinking game where downing a shot is required every time someone states false info. However, there’s only one bottle of scotch here and feared it would not be enough.

  3. @Chris_H: Here’s a lovely snippet from the about page of the website you linked:

    The organization is for ALL people who consider themselves loyal Americans. It has no philosophy, image, or agenda beyond this one unifying premise: America must return to its founding principles if it is to survive.
    RenewAmerica is thus nonpartisan and nondenominational.

    and then

    Over the years, the website has evolved into a significant Christian political vehicle — gathering scores of talented new writers (along with a handful of well-known established ones); promoting the core issues of moral conservatism… Today, RA is an independent voice for the causes that unite moral conservatives, and strives to be a beacon of truth at a time when our country is increasingly losing its way — morally, spiritually, and politically.

    So nonpartisan means something different now? Guess I have to chuck out my dictionary.

  4. The Supreme Court’s decision will erode public confidence in childhood vaccines.

    By ruling against someone who is trying to destroy public confidence in vaccines?

    I haven’t watched it yet. I think it will require powerful drugs.

  5. Wow, i-c-a-p mission statement. That is an artful work of gibibblerish.

    Our goals are to advocate for the furthering of long term goals of improving health and education for the people in the most positive ways so as to promote innovation that can better improve the lives of the people by using the best technology to advocate for positive effects on the environment and support the freedom of the people to advocate for the issues that matter most to them in various areas of life by creating innovative programs that aim to promote goals of affecting science and health by improving them.

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