In these days of hashtag politics we are all told "#believewomen." Yet many physicians, and the political leaders who embrace the #believewomen movement, would add an exception: women who claim they have a vaccine-injured child. In that case, they are just deluded, emotionally distraught mothers looking for something to blame.
Everyday women are told by their child's doctor that the illness, loss of skills and regression into autism that began immediately after a vaccine is just a coincidence. They are told that their child was never developing normally, they are just remembering incorrectly. They are forgetting about symptoms the child had but the mother never noticed. And the chorus of denial is joined by the media and our political leaders. Even when a family wins a rare decision in the vaccine court it is dismissed as an overly generous act of a benevolent system.
Women did not see what they saw. Did not experience what they experienced. Have unreliable memories. These are women who must not be believed. Who don't understand the science. Who threaten the status quo. Who must sit down and shut up.
This denial of the experience of hundreds of thousands of American women must end. Not only is it wrong on a moral level, it is a prejudice at odds with verifiable facts.
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Refusing to believe women about vaccine injuries requires more than arrogance, it also demands ignorance of the basics of the vaccine industry and bureaucracy. Every package insert that accompanies a vaccine provides information on the number and kind of adverse events that occurred in trials. It requires denying the existence of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the "vaccine court" which has awarded more than $3 billion in damages.
There are entire government agencies and a small industry that keep track of vaccine injuries in the US. A key component of that is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a voluntary system of tracking vaccine injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 30,000 events are registered with VAERS every year. But that is believed to be a small percentage of the actual number of injuries.
There is even an effort to get Congress to officially embrace vaccine-injury denial. House Resolution 327, introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank, CA) and co-sponsored so far by 33 of his colleagues, simply denies that vaccine-injury exists, "There is no credible evidence to show that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases in healthy children or adults." Five minutes with Google would dispel that notion.
It is time to end the arrogance, it is time to end the ignorance and believe women who are mothers of vaccine-injured children.
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