I’ve Overdosed on Politics, Anti-Vax to the Rescue!

Even the most addicted political junkies need to take a break every now and then.  Let’s take a gander out west to California, where comedian Rob Schneider is apparently running to replace Jenny McCarthy as the anti-vaxxers celebrity lunaticspokesperson.  (If it was actually an election, I could just see his campaign slogans: “Vote ¡Rob!: Less Attractive, More Stupid, Just as Irrelevant!) Now Rob has his knickers all twisted over California Bill AB 2109, which has now been passed and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.  What is Bill AB 2109?  Let’s go to the super computer Orac for the answer:

it’s a bill that was proposed as a means of addressing the increasing problem of non-medical exemptions to school vaccine mandates because religious and philosophical exemptions are too easy to obtain. Boiled down to its essence, AB 2109 would require parents to see a pediatrician or health care practitioner for a discussion of the benefits and risks of vaccines and, more importantly, the risks of not vaccinating. You’d think that the antivaccine movement wouldn’t have a problem with a bill that in essence requires informed consent before an exemption from the school vaccine mandate would be granted. After all, they’re always harping on informed consent, claiming that parents aren’t given adequate informed consent because they aren’t told that vaccines can cause autism and all the other complications antivaccinationists fervently believe they can. That’s because what antivaccinationists really want is what I like to call “misinformed consent.” AB 2109 in essence turns the tables on the antivaccine movement by using its own tactic against it. You want “informed consent,” more states seem to be saying, well, then we’ll give you informed consent. To get a philosophical exemption from vaccination, you’ll need to speak to a doctor and have him or her sign an attestation that you’ve been counseled. You can’t just sign a form yourself anymore. That’s what Washington did, and that’s what AB 2109 does.

So if you want to be a leech on society and benefit from herd immunity without vaccinating your child, you can still get your philosophical or religious exemption, you just have to have a doctor explain the risks to you.  (I’d support a stronger AB 2109 that allowed the doctor to smack some sense into you as well as explaining the risks, but I doubt it would get out of committee.)  (And yes, liberals who read my blog for the politics and haven’t paid attention to my few science posts, I did just call people who take philosophical or religious exemptions from vaccinating their children “leeches.”  If that caused you to clutch your pearls, you may just want to leave now, because it will get worse before it gets better.)

Anti-vaxxers have been all up in arms over this bill.  (Ohnos!  The evil government wants me to talk to a doctor before I make an incredibly stupid medical decision!  The tyranny!)  None more so than that font of medical knowledge, Rob “When’s Adam Sandler Going to Shoot a New Movie?” Schneider.  Deuce Bigalow the guy from the Hot Chick Adam Sandler’s flunky  ¡Rob! has spoken at an Anti-AB 2109 rallywent full Godwin comparing the sponsors of the bill to Nazis, and even made the idiotic case that vaccine mandates are against the Nuremberg Code.  ¡Rob!, you are making Jenny so proud.  Next thing you know, you’ll be posting over at Age of Autism, sending Andrew Wakefield money, and taking off your clothes for Playboy attacking Dr. Paul Offit.

Well, I’m not sure about the last two, but he sure is posting at Age of Autism.  And as Orac points out, it is a classic:  (Bolding is mine, as always)

This is Rob Schneider. Aung San Suu Kyi is the female Nobel Prize Winner from Burma. Recently, she gave some advice for Americans. She said, “America, protect your freedom!” Now Ms. Kyi know a thing or two about freedom. In Burma she had been under house arrest for almost 21 years. She is also the recipient of the highest civilian honor our country has, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

So when Ms. Kyi says America protect your freedom, she is not saying it lightly. From the Patriot Act, where our Gov’t no longer needs a court order to spy on own citizens, to the assassination of Americans abroad without due process, Freedom is under attack.

But by far the most insidious of all Government intrusions is the one happening right now in America by Big Pharma in their collusion with our representatives in Government. Government coercion to force parents to make their children take any invasive medical procedures (vaccination of their children) is something out of an Orwellian nightmare or Nazi Germany. Just remove the word vaccine and replace it with an other medical procedure and you will begin to see how regressive and criminal this is.

Well, as long as we’re being rational about this…..

Vaccines, unlike any other drug, is a one size fits all nightmare. The Vaccine makers insist ALL VACCINES MUST BE TAKEN BY EVERY ONE IN THE SCHEDULE THAT WE DECIDE! Name one other drug that is given such impunity. Every person is different and their precious immune systems don’t react the same way. 49 doses of 14 different Vaccines before the age of 6 is mandated by Doctor convenience and Big Pharma profits not patient wellness or sound scientific reasoning.

Sigh.  Orac, tear this trash down:

If you don’t think that antivaccinationists view themselves and their children as precious little snowflakes, just take a gander at Schneider’s reference so every person being different and “their precious immune systems don’t react the same way.” They might not react exactly the same way, but they react similarly enough that the type of “individualization” that antivaccinationists demand is not necessary. There are medical contraindications to vaccination, and those are followed. They are contraindications based on science, not the fevered fears of antivaccinationists who use “individualization” as an excuse not to vaccinate.Mr. Schneider seems to have a penchant for comparing his band of pseudoscience-loving antivaccinationists to freedom fighters. It’s a penchant he shares with all too many, who think themselves to be some sort of brave rebel alliance fighting against a galactic pharma empire led by an unholy alliance of pharma and government. This leads him, of course, to go straight to Godwin, once again comparing vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany.

Because requiring safe and effective vaccines before children can enter school and requiring parents to be given as close to true informed consent as possible about the risks and the benefits of vaccination as well as, even more importantly, the risks of not vaccinating is exactly like the sorts of medical atrocities the Nazis committed.

Checking out Schneider’s activity over the last few months, I can’t help but wonder if he’s auditioning for the job of Jenny McCarthy’s replacement. After all, McCarthy has been mighty quiet lately. Sure, she showed up at the antivaccine quackfest Autism One, as she does every year, but it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen her in the media promoting the idea that vaccines cause autism. Perhaps she realizes that such nonsense is bad for her career. Schneider doesn’t appear to have much of a career anymore; so he can let his antivaccine freak flag fly high.

Something tells me the anti-vaxxers would rather have Jenny.  Sure, Jenny McCarthy is an idiot of biblical proportions, but some find her attractive and her “mommy instincts” and promotion by pseudoscience queen Oprah made her a semi-effective face of the anti-vax movement.  Mr. Schneider, on the other hand, is…well….¡Rob!.

 

 

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