Christina Hildebrand, the founder of A Voice for Choice, a nonprofit organization that has lobbied against the bill, said, “Parental freedom is being taken away by this, because the fear of contagion is trumping it.”Which strikes me as a perfectly reasonable summary of what is happening. Freedom is absolutely being limited because of the fear of disease. The thing is, the diseases we are talking about really are very dangerous, and used to kill thousands of children every year; on the other hand the documented risks of modern vaccination are small. To live in society, we have to give up some freedoms, and unless we want the return of deadly measles and rubella epidemics, this is one.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
California is in the midst of a big fight over a move to end the religious and philosophical exemptions that allow some parents to send their children to school without vaccines. Right now it looks like this will happen, and thousands of California parents will either have to vaccinate their children despite their beliefs or pull them out of school. Reading about the debate, I was struck by this passage: