Arguments against vaccinations can be summed up in one word. Ludicrous. Jenny McCarthy and the anti-vaxxing army are putting children at risk more than a decade after the theory that vaccinations cause autism were dis-proven.
Still the ignorance rambles on. Science be damned. We’d rather expose our children to the risk of disease and death than have them turn out autistic. Even though there is absolutely zero evidence to back the vaccination claim, fear and lack of education have caused a deadly outbreak of measles and mumps both here in the US and abroad in what we consider “civilized” countries.
Have you ever wondered how an autistic person may feel about the issue? Many people are under the impression that autistic people are mentally incapable of coherent thought. They view autism as a completely debilitating disease rather than a neurological disorder.
A recent shared post on the Facebook page. This Week in Pseudoscience was met with a comment by a twenty-two year-old autistic woman who managed to put the issue into perspective from the vantage point of someone who feels like there are those who would rather see their children dead than “suffer” the horrible consequences of raising a child like her.
The heart-wrenching post deserves to be shared far and wide:
I am autistic and it never ceases to amaze me how scared anti-vaxxers are of autism. How they have no idea how completely ridiculous and offensive they are being I will never understand. They rather have dead children than have children like me and that just makes me sad, especially since that fear has absolutely no basis and puts so many lives at risk. I think about my mom and dad saying and doing the things they do and I feel very defeated and worthless. I can’t imagine how the autistic children of anti-vaxxers feel!
But, fine. If they want me to be a monster, I’ll be a monster.
Rawr, anti-vaxxers. Rawr.
For those people who refuse to educate themselves on autism, vaccinations and real-life, yes, autistic people have feelings.
A special thank you to the page Freya’s Valkyries for bringing this amazing young woman’s post to light.
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