"I didn't say parents were the best arbiters. I said they should be the final arbiters. Even if they are stupid. Even if they are evil or wicked. For me this is not some libertarian bullshit. IT is about a society that is sensible and has established laws derived from principle, not just the whims of judges and changing fashions. Parents exercise the rights of children on their behalf (to self defense for example). If they do it poorly, then the child suffers. This is an inescapable fact of life all over the world. I am just applying it to vaccines.*Added to the blogroll after a visit to his site
I don't care about other people's children as much as other people do. The world is a big place and there are a whole lot of children suffering in it. Not my problem. My problem starts when some do-gooder in NY city decides that since some crack baby from Guatemala didn't get Polio vaccine, my kid MUST get the new HIV/Herpes/HEPc vaccine, without regard to that vaccine being proven safe and effective and without regard to my child's actual risk of contracting any of those diseases.
That said, I am not an anti-vaxer. I am pro-liberty, and the right of parents to makes important choices for their kids is the most important liberty. I am perfectly fine with you deciding for yourself that your kids should be early adopters and get every new injection that comes along. But I reject your "right" to increase the risk on my kids to manage the risk on yours."
Thursday, July 16, 2015
From The Comments...
Genericviews* left the following in response to the discussion in the comments on my post about vaccination. I picked this because this is a reasoned, nuanced, point of view and it made me think. What was a quickly tossed off post by me is nowhere near as interesting as what everyone had to say and the different points shared in the comments.