Letter to the Editor

Vaccinations

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Legislation in Iowa and other states has been considered to give doctors full authority over parental rights of medical decisions regarding vaccinations of their children. Currently religious and medical are the only exemptions in Iowa.

I don't believe this would be fair to parents and their families. Doctors and vaccine makers already have no liability for injuries or reactions caused by vaccines. Because there is no liability, how can they be trusted to make such decisions?

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics plainly establishes competent parents as proxy decision makers for their young children. Also, the Nuremberg Code showed the world that forced medical procedures were an ethical tragedy.

Changes in law could lead to a form of "child trafficking." Any law that would rob parents of their moral, legal and traditional role could be devastating in its outcome. This could essentially allow doctors to forcibly "traffic" a child through any lucrative medical process.

This I believe is far too excessive and over-reaching in a free country! Without parental consent, there could be forced vaccinations or other medical procedures!

As for the debate on vaccines versus autism, SDS senior scientist and whistleblower Dr. William Thompson revealed data was omitted (in a 2004 article) that suggested African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before 36 months of age were at an increased risk for autism. Yet the current CDC recommended schedule for the first MMR shot begins at only 12 months of age.

We must also ask ourselves just why a child "needs" about 70 vaccines now as compared to only a few two generations ago? Also why do they have to be given at so young an age? Why are we now experiencing so many childhood chronic health issues such as autism, allergies, asthma, hyperactivity, seizures and autoimmune disorders? Why are long lists of adverse reactions to vaccines seldom mentioned in the news? Why are there no large outbreaks of disease even though protective effects from a vaccine may expire after about 10 years, leaving multitudes of adults unprotected? Why is there no national emergency over the alarmingly high acceleration of autism rates; and how will lifelong care for some of these people be financed?

Some diseases over time run their course and are gone without excessive vaccine use. What happened to scarlet fever, cholera, tuberculosis or bubonic plague? Are we seeking a risk free society by using excessive vaccinations? Or are we replacing some diseases with a myriad of other health problems?

Let's keep to common sense in our state where we believe, "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain!"

-- Randy Heikens, Spencer