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I am asking each of our readers to please take 2 minutes to sign a petition to Ben Sherwood of ABC News asking him to welcome Jenny McCarthy to the ABC family and allow a broader look at the vaccination safety and choice issue within his news organization. Thank you. Kim
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To: Ben Sherwood, President, ABC News
Please support Jenny McCarthy's new position on the View.
Despite extreme pressure from pharmaceutical manufacturers, Jenny
McCarthy has always chosen to speak candidly about a very controversial
topic: childhood vaccines. Encouraging parents to exercise caution,
consider each vaccine carefully, and do their own research is a
responsible and productive message for all parents to hear. Receiving a
vaccine is a medical procedure with known risks, and each child’s immune
system is different. Why wouldn’t American want an honest debate about a
very important topic?
Several media outlets and several nonprofit fronts for
pharmaceutical makers are calling for The View to remove Jenny McCarthy
from their fall line-up—we respectfully ask that Jenny’s right to free
speech, like all Americans, be honored and respected. (Every Child By
Two, the primary nonprofit group behind last week’s media assault, is
funded by Wyeth and Sanofi, two vaccine makers.)
The American media this week repeatedly provided false reassurances
to parents that the controversy over the role the greatly-expanded
childhood vaccine schedule has played in the autism epidemic now
impacting 1 in 50 children has somehow been resolved.
According to many of these stories “the science has spoken” and
somehow vaccines have been exonerated. This is a gross misrepresentation
of the facts. We ask all American parents to consider:
- In 1983, American children were offered a maximum of 10 vaccines,
today that number is 38. In that same time, the rate of Autism has gone
from in in 10,000 to 1 in 50
- First world countries, like Denmark as just one example, give less
than half as many vaccines to their children and have much lower rates
Here's Denmark's schedule:
- In 1986, Congress indemnified vaccine makers from any liability
from the damage vaccines may cause--the explosion in the number of
vaccines given to children expanded after this law was passed
- The national vaccine injury compensation program has paid out over
$2.7 billion in claims to children injured from vaccines—more than
3,300 cases where injury victims have been compensated
- Many of the cases where children received compensation included
children with Autism, although the vaccine court has continually
side-stepped this issue
- Of the 10 separate vaccines administered, only one vaccine—MMR—has
ever been studied for its relationship to autism. Saying that all
vaccines have been studied is simply a lie (please go to
www.fourteenstudies.org to see the facts for yourself)
- The majority of parents of children with Autism believe vaccines were the primary trigger
- Here’s a great article
explaining how the CDC continually
misrepresents studies to “prove” vaccines don’t cause autism, despite
the studies they publish coming nowhere close to doing that
- If the US wanted to honestly study this controversy, they could
assess the autism rate amongst America’s unvaccinated children
(estimated at 3-4% of the US population), which they have never done.
Anecdotal evidence supports much lower rates of autism from unvaccinated
Many of the groups the media pejoratively refers to as
“anti-vaccine” are in fact supportive of vaccines, and simply argue for a
safer vaccine schedule by either returning to the 1983 schedule or
copying a country like Denmark. The pharmaceutical industry’s influence
over vaccine administration and scheduling in the US is deeply troubling
and very different from other countries. As one egregious example, the
former head of the CDC is now the President of Merck’s vaccine division.
The View made a great, entertaining choice in choosing Jenny
McCarthy as a co-host. Her willingness to be honest about a
controversial topic should be celebrated and debated by all Americans,