Special Masters Protect Vaccine Program and Deny Justice to Vaccine-Injured Children
Mercury-Autism Link Not Found Because of Government Policy, not Science.
Washington, DC – The Coalition for Vaccine Safety (CVS) believes that the Special Masters of the Court of Federal Claims wrongly decided that thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs) do not cause autism. The Special Masters appear to have based their decisions on the government policy to protect the vaccine program rather than to fulfill their role to do justice by vaccine-injured children. In these three ‘test case’ decisions in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding, petitioners William Mead, Jordan King and Colin Dwyer developed normally through the first year of life and then regressed into autism. They presented thousands of pages of scientific documentation and testimony. Their evidence showed that thimerosal, a mercury-laden vaccine preservative, more likely than not contributed to their autism.
"The deck is stacked against families in Vaccine Court. Government attorneys defend a government program, using government-funded science, before government judges. Where’s the justice in that?" asked Rebecca Estepp, a CVS steering committee member and mother of a petitioner in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding.
It is universally accepted that mercury is a neurotoxin and can damage the developing brain and the immune system. All three boys’ health improved through medical interventions to reduce mercury toxicity and immune dysfunction. Nonetheless, the Special Masters concluded that petitioners failed to meet their burden of proof, even though Health and Human Services (HHS), the respondent in the proceeding, offered no alternative explanation other than genetic predisposition. The Special Masters appear to be following a misguided government policy that if they acknowledge a mercury-autism link, parents will stop vaccinating their children.
The breaking story of fraud at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) involving Dr. Poul Thorsen, a leading member of a Danish research group that wrote studies supporting the CDC’s claims that there is no mercury-autism link, casts further doubt on the Special Masters’ decisions. The emerging evidence of Dr. Thorsen’s embezzlement of $2 million, falsehoods about his employment, and serious questions about his research throw into question the validity of the science at the heart of HHS’s claim of no mercury-autism link.
The Coalition for Vaccine Safety (CVS) is an alliance of organizations dedicated to vaccine safety representing over 75,000 families. In recent letters to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of House and Senate Committees charged with oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Coalition called for hearings to investigate HHS, the CDC and other government agencies. Those federal agencies have failed to comply with the terms of the 1986 Vaccine Injury Compensation Act (VICA). Specifically they have failed to provide critical vaccine safety science, including from the taxpayer-funded Vaccine Safety Datalink, on thimerosal, autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities.
The Special Masters’ Omnibus Autism Proceeding decisions and revelations about Dr. Thorsen’s actions only strengthen the Coalition’s resolve in calling for immediate Congressional action to investigate vaccine safety – an issue that potentially affects every person in the country.
“We are confident that the truth will win out. We hope that Congress will intervene in what is clearly a miscarriage of justice to vaccine-injured children,” said Jim Moody, an attorney and CVS steering committee member.
For more information on the Omnibus Autism Proceeding and vaccine safety, visit www.coalitionforvaccinesafety.org.
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Where is the justice in all of this? Parents are told to inject their children with Hepatits B antigens at 12-24 hours old. Mom's blood does not show infection with Hepatitis B with all the pre-natal testing, but let's put the antigen in your new baby. What chance does this baby have of contracting Hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is contracted through bodily fluids, so the people most at risk are people who have multiple sex partners, and drug I.V. users. Hmmmmmm. What's next? HIV vaccine? Cancer vaccine? Tuberculosis? The list of horrible diseases is long and the opportunity for evil pharma is huge!!
Posted by: nurse bev | March 19, 2010 at 01:36 PM
-The levels of mercury in TCVs is far below the threshold levels of a typical case of mercury poisoning.
-The symptoms of autism don't match the symptoms of mercury poisoning at all.
-Thimerosal has been used in vaccines since the 20s or 30s, yet the explosion in autism cases didn't occur until the 80s.
How do those claiming a connection between thimerosal and autism explain these statements?
Posted by: Jake Hildreth | March 16, 2010 at 09:12 AM
What a great piece on an important court ruling. Just a word of caution to readers- there are lots different opinions out there (ex. http://blogs.forbes.com/sciencebiz/2010/03/vaccine-court-ruling-thimerosal-does-not-cause-autism/) and on every side of the issue, people want to claim the mantle of science. Scholarly journal articles are the best source for scientific facts. Blogs and internet newspapers are great, but they are not peer-reviewed like scientific journals, and don't use the scientific method to reach their conclusions.
Please, if you desire to make your voice heard, spend the time to read the relevant articles, or at least the abstracts.
My love and prayers go out to all of the people and families struggling with this disability. My hope is that through the work of honest scientists who seek the truth, we can eliminate autism for good.
Posted by: Anson | March 15, 2010 at 02:31 PM
Thimerosal had been removed from most vaccines around 1999-2002. If thimerosal had been the cause of autism, shouldn't autism rates have started declining since that time? However, they continue to climb. That seems to lead some credence to the notion that thimerosal is not a causitive factor in autism development. I'm eager to hear an alternate explanation.
Posted by: Questioner | March 15, 2010 at 02:17 PM
I like that quote autism Grandma. God was speaking to the special masters who are especialy full of BS. It appears that nothing less than mob justice will do for these people as they are engaged in fascism.
Posted by: WILLIE | March 15, 2010 at 03:54 AM
"Woe to those who are enacting harmful regulations and those who constantly writing, have written out sheer trouble, in order to push away the lowly ones from a legal case and to wrest away justice from the afflicted ones of my people" (Isaiah 10: 1-2)
Posted by: Autism Grandma | March 13, 2010 at 05:16 PM
What makes me angry is the vaccines are mandatory. (or that's what I was told) No risks are ever disclosed and no-choice is given. And no justice.
Posted by: Holly M. | March 13, 2010 at 08:10 AM
And people are complaining about Toyota. There are far more children that have been injured by this cover up. I'm so tired of the lies and these lies continue to destroy families.
Posted by: Cass | March 12, 2010 at 09:07 PM
Special Master Vowell notes in her decision "exquisitely small amounts of mercury" used in vaccines -who are we fooling. These decisions are worded in a way to protect the vaccine program, to promote vaccines at all cost. There is no amout of evendence, no expert witness that will change that. The vicp is a sham! We need to move on to other venues They have made that clear!!
Posted by: omnibusted | March 12, 2010 at 06:51 PM
A consumer product with no warranty.
How long would THAT last on the open market, if it weren't promoted and protected by people willing to throw a percentage of children under their bus?
Posted by: nhokkanen | March 12, 2010 at 06:27 PM