Opinion – anti-vaccination cult hates autistic children

Updated with more evidence of the anti-vaccination cult hatred.

This is part of my series of opinion pieces. As I’ve written, it is not meant to be supported by evidence or data – unless I link to evidence. Then it is. On the other hand, my opinions are based on tons of reading and data, so there’s that.

The more I get involved with the false debate in the world of vaccines, the more I realize how much the anti-vaccination cult hates autistic children. Sadly, they’re not hating the neurological disorder, but the children who have it.

Why else would the cultists choose to expose their children to deadly preventable diseases by not vaccinating, because of a ridiculous, and unsupported, belief that those vaccines cause autism? Especially, since there isn’t one single real study that’s ever shown that autism is related to any vaccine!

You have to wonder if some anti-vaccine parents would rather have their children die rather than take some non-existent risk of having their children be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

At first, I accused myself of making some imaginative leap of faith to get to the conclusion that the anti-vaccination cult hates autistic children – it must be a bunch of logical fallacies. Except, many of us run into ill-informed posts and comments that can only lead one to conclude that many anti-vaccine parents are really that cold and callous about their children:

[infobox icon=”quote-left”]Anti-vaxxers blow my mind. I had the unfortunate experience of having a run in with one of a friend’s Facebook page. A friend who happens to be autistic. This anti-vaxxer was basically saying she would rather expose her child to disease rather than take the risk of having an autistic child (even though autism and vaccination aren’t linked), Insufferable Tolerance said, in part. “This thought process is incredibility insulting.”[/infobox]

[infobox icon=”quote-left”]”Anti-vax idiots do my head in – they don’t give a toss for other kids, and their message to our family is that our wonderful, loving, boy would be better off dead,” added Danna Challies, the mother of an autistic child.[/infobox]

Then there’s this uninformed junk from the Age of Lying About Autism – measles is so much better than autism.

No it’s not.

I’ve written about this more than enough times that I can quote it in my sleep – measles is dangerous. It can lead to many chronic conditions including death. So, the ignorant cultists at the Age of Autism obviously prefer children who might die of measles to ones with autism. Even if there is absolutely NO evidence that vaccines, which prevent these deadly diseases, have any relationship whatsoever to autism.

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, a frequent contributor to this website, provided me with screenshots of some of the more ludicrous comments about autistic children and vaccination.

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No it’s not. Autism is a psychiatric diagnosis that requires intensive screening, and includes a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders. Lying about autism is simply a lie.

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This comment perfectly illustrates what I’ve continued to say about much of the anti-vaccination movement. They are generally, but not always, privileged white people who think that their children are genetically superior to everyone.

Their hatred of those who are less than perfect, whether quadriplegic or “brain damaged,” is clear. This is why many anti-vaccination pushers reject arguments that unprotected children can be harmful to those who are immunocompromised. They think that they have no responsibility to those who, by the luck of the draw, have a compromised immune system, an inferior child compared to their own genetic wonders.

Part of the reason, I believe, that many of the anti-vaccination cult blame vaccines for autism is because they fundamentally believe that something caused the autism – it couldn’t possibly be the contribution of their genes to the child. Because they are white-privileged superior human beings, and they could only produce white-privileged superior children, so it’s the vaccines!

By the way, autism is not “brain-damage,” unless you’re completely ignorant and hateful.

 
 

Look, I’m not a fool. Parents with autistic children have many stressors and complications to their lives to provide the help and education to their children. Much higher than the usual stressors and complications to parents lives with most children.

But preferring dead children to autistic ones? Many, maybe even a majority, of autistic children grow up to be high functioning, brilliant adults. Many lead wonderful lives, with loving relationships, productive careers, and beautiful friendships.

I realize that many children within the autistic spectrum have difficulties, and may need caretakers for the rest of their lives. I volunteer a few hours a month, helping parents of autistic children apply for benefits from the Federal government, which can make a huge difference. Sometimes, the right education and the right assistance can make all of the difference.

But the worst part is that the anti-vaccination cult fall for that old logical fallacy – the false dichotomy, which presumes that there are only two choices. The facts are that there is no evidence that vaccines cause autism (really, there is none), and there is solid evidence (mountains of it, in fact) that vaccines prevent deadly diseases.

So the choices really aren’t between two separate ones – preventing your child from having autism and keeping them safe from disease. You can vaccinate your children without ever worrying about an increased risk of autism and protect them from disease, which are both supported by real science.

By ignoring the real evidence, the anti-vaccination cult is actually creating the false dichotomy out of nothing. Well, that’s the problem with logical fallacies, they are almost always created out of nothing because the arguer lacks evidence.

Maybe, not every autistic child will grow up (barely) to get a PhD in astrophysics. But believing in the myth that vaccines cause autism can lead to many children, autistic or not, to die.

The anti-vaccination cult needs to pull their head out of the sand, and realize all children are special, and all should be protected from vaccine preventable diseases.

 

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  • Els Bakker

    Scientific about the human immune system is still ongoing. They know vaccinations work, but the effect on the whole immune system is still in question. There has bee an increase in autism and autoimmune diseases, especially in the past 30 years, so Skeptical, maybe become a researcher to find out what is going on. It is easy to claim or debunk, but very difficult to get to the truth

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  • Ethyl

    I don’t think vaccines cause autism. I think what makes you vulnerable to vaccine reaction, is what also causes autism. I think it is within the first trimester of pregnancy that a non-typical path is laid down, mostly because work done on Rubella Syndrome years ago, with it’s 200 fold increase of autism for fetus’s exposed in the first trimester, and the skin malformations laid down in early CNS formation in the development of conditions like Tuberous Sclerosis show it may be genetically determined at conception. But that is my opinion. There is also precedent for epigenetic damage…Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, insufficient iodine in diet, CMV kind of mimics Rubella in affected systems., and 1 in 750 kids develop developmental disabilities because of it. Autism is determined “behaviorally”, there is no test.

    Not every parent whose child has autism believes vaccines had anything to do with it.

    The myth about thimerosal did not come from Andy Wakefield. It came from a paper from the current safemind group. I may have misunderstood what you were trying to say here: http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/yes-autism-rate-rising-vaccines-caused-vaccines/

    • Ethyl

      One in 10 children died from vaccine preventable diseases at the turn of the century. I don’t want my child or grandchild to die from a vaccine preventable disease. It’s hard to let go of blame…but I can’t take the chance. I don’t understand how parents can do that other than being in a place of anger so deep they are willing to take a chance.

      The CDC’s aim is to protect us. Like atheists supposedly do in fox holes, I know the same parents would be clamoring ” to see the light ” if a true epidemic began. It is human nature to protect our children.

      I just want to make sure I p!$$ everybody off. Thanks…Rosabw

  • medicalpeereview

    “You can vaccinate your children without ever worrying about an increased
    risk of autism and protect them from disease, which are both supported
    by real science.” the wooster

    but why would you want to vaccinate your child?

  • medicalpeereview

    “You have to wonder if some anti-vaccine parents would rather have their
    children die rather than take some non-existent risk of having their
    children be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.” Fallacious nutsack

    You must be more blind than a dogpile. A + B = banana

    • Chris Preston

      I see Philip Hills has returned.

      What a maroon.

      • kellymbray

        Did they let him get access to a computer again? He makes no sense when is off his meds. He makes no sense when he is on his meds.

  • shay simmons

    It’s not sand their heads are in.

  • Ben Fairbanks

    Every dollar spent to prove, once again, that vaccines are unrelated to autism is a dollar that could have been spent to research more effective autism therapies. Every dollar that is spent attacking vaccines is not only a dollar spent in support of infectious diseases, but it is also a lost opportunity for genuine autism advocacy. Every dollar spent to shore up vaccination rates in the face of misinformation spread by dishonest and stupid celebrities, doctors and “scientists” is a dollar that is stolen from autistic children.
    Whether or not these anti-vaxers hate people with autism the results of their willful ignorance are nothing if not hateful.

    • medicalpeereview

      Hey Ben, that’s a lot of woo memes you have there. Why have you come to the conclusion that vaccines are beyond critique? Why do you have total belief? Why doesn’t everyone agree with you? What do you base your assumptions on?

  • Chris Preston

    After watching this ‘debate’ for the best part of 2 decades, I draw the conclusion that the vaccines cause autism crowd hate the fact that their children are not perfect. In my opinion this is worse than what you are accusing them of.

    I accept that I might be a touch biased, as I am the parent of two disabled children.

    • This is how I feel. They think they are genetically superior white-privileged parents, so it’s inconceivable that their children would be somehow “inferior” to others. So blame vaccines.

      Autistic children have ended up being amazing adults. Maybe we “neurotypical types” are the “inferior” ones.

      I hate using those comparative terms.

      • medicalpeereview

        It is a pity you attempted, your sentence construction is total verbage

    • medicalpeereview

      What a perverse and totally irrelevant comment

    • medicalpeereview

      I have come to the conclusion that the septic pro vaxx crowd are very small, showing a photo of you pissing in long grass or playing with yourself isn’t going to convince me otherwise.

  • Vacunas Autismo

    Every parent of a vaccine-injured child was once pro-vaccines. The ex-pro-vaccine make up the majority of the vaccine critics. If the vaccine pushers could successfully convince parents who see vaccine injury that it is “normal” or “coincidental” the “problem” would go away. They sure are trying.

    • medicalpeereview

      No they weren’t. Most parents just respond to the doctor’s letter, turn up and allow their kids to be poisoned because they once believed the doctor knew best. What they found out was that the doctor knew fuck all.

  • Tosca

    They also advocate subjecting their autistic children to bogus “cures” which are useless at best and lethal at worst. The bleach enemas spring to mind. To the anti-vaxxers I say…my son has autism and is one of the most wonderful adults on the planet. He has a job, a license, he lives independently, he has great friends, he’s had girlfriends (although he’s single at the moment), he has hobbies, he does community work…

    You want me to keen over the fact that he’s not neurotypical, you would declare that vaccines “stole” him and made him less than human. Pardon the language, but…fuck you, fuck the horse you rode in on and fuck the cow that died to make the saddle. My son is worth more than the lot of you put together.

    • The bogus, harmful cures like bleach therapy. These people hate autistic children, as if they are less than a real child.

      Now you made me mad. And you idon’thave to pardon your language about these horrific people.

      • medicalpeereview

        I think you have demonstrated adequately that you are a sickbag

    • medicalpeereview

      What a pile of complete tosca. leave aside the appeal to emotion. Autism is a list of symptoms, we probably all have some of them. There is a difference to being a little bit on the spectrum, maybe you are one of those parents who pushed for a diagnosis to be able to claim benefit. Kids who are really fucked up are not the same as your precious snowflake and it is obscene to trying and imply those parents juggling a tragedy somehow are in the same boat as you.

  • Dan Bressler

    I think there’s part of their thinking that gets left unsaid. What they’re really saying is “I’d rather risk diseases (which happen naturally, and therefore aren’t my fault) than have a child with autism (which is my fault for vaccinating).

    It doesn’t really matter that the facts say we should do exactly the opposite thing. Most decisions we make are based on intuition and emotion, and justified rationally after the fact. Humans are reliably terrible at assessing risk, and since most people don’t know enough to really know how bad (or how likely) either outcome is they go with the one where they at least won’t feel like they did something to cause it.

    • medicalpeereview

      “It doesn’t really matter that the facts say we should do exactly the opposite thing” Dan bonkshaft
      Do you make this stuff up or are you just copying it? Medical peer review is not fact, that is a fact.

    • medicalpeereview

      The thinking is “why the hell would I trust a therapeutic pathway that associates with scams like swineflu, statins, painkillers as sole ‘treatment’?”

  • kellymbray

    I think that many hate their children.

    • I think you’re right.

      • medicalpeereview

        Well that is about as useful as a barbwire cock

        • kellymbray

          Please don’t bring in your marital issues.

    • medicalpeereview

      Well you obviously do

      • kellymbray

        What is medical pee review? Is that where osteopaths drink fermented pee as a cure?

        • Michael McCarthy

          I missed that, but thanks for pointing it out, that was a good laugh.