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By Anne Dachel
Hillary Clinton just announced that she has a plan to address autism and the specifics will be revealed next week. C-SPAN.org
In 2008 she said she was 'committed' to finding the cause of autism. She called for investigating environmental causes, including vaccines. She said she wanted mercury out of vaccines.
This week in New Hampshire she called for support for autistic children and their families. She didn't talk about finding the cause of autism. She cited an autism rate of one in every 68 children, seemingly unaware of the announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November that put the rate at one in every 45 children in the U.S.
Back in 2008, when Clinton said she wanted to find the cause of autism, the rate was one in every 150 children. Today, when the numbers are much worse, she doesn't seem interested in why it's happening to so many American children.
Back in 2008, when asked about a vaccinated, unvaccinated study, Clinton said it would be a good idea. Today, it never comes up as Democrats push legislation to end philosophical exemptions and insure there won't be a significant group of unvaccinated children to study.
Clinton said she's committed to making sure vaccines are safe and effective. If she really believes in her position, she needs to explain why parents should trust what they’re told about vaccines when the FDA is investigating charges of fraudulent efficacy findings for the mumps vaccine by a Merck scientist and the report of a CDC researcher that his agency covered up a link between vaccines and autism.
Will Hillary Clinton continue to defend vaccines and re-educate errant physicians like she attempted to do with Dr. Mark Hyman? Or will she show legitimate concern about why so many of our children are sick and disabled and demand real answers about the safety and efficacy of our ever-expanding vaccine schedule?
Here is how the media has covered Clinton on the vaccine safety issue this year.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with a notorious vaccine skeptic during her tenure as Secretary of State and personally conspired to arrange a meeting for him with Obama administration Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Dr. Mark Hyman is an advocate for alternative “functional medicine.” A television talking head and author, Hyman helped Bill Clinton lose weight by advising him on his dietary habits, but Hyman has reportedly never “collaborated” with Hillary Clinton herself. Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton helped Hyman get face time with top Washington officials just as he was going public with his vaccine skepticism. ...
The latest tweet from Hillary Rodham Clinton sounded straightforward enough: “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork.”
But the issue of vaccinations has long been politically and emotionally fraught — involving not just public health but also the proper role of government, the prerogatives of parents and medical riddles that have yet to be solved.
Probably no one in public life today has felt those crosscurrents more strongly than the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination. On the issue of vaccination over the past two decades, Clinton has repeatedly found herself on the front lines of advocacy and criticism.
Feb 3, 2015, CNN: Hillary Clinton hits GOP with pro-vaccine tweet
Hillary Clinton jumped into the political story of the day late on Monday night with a tweet that compared people who deny the power of vaccines to those who question whether the earth is round or the sky is blue.
Feb 3, 2015, Mother Jones: Hillary Clinton Says All Kids Should Get Vaccinated—But She Wasn't Always So Certain
But in 2008—when a widespread theory linking vaccines to autism had already been debunked—Clinton wasn't so definitive on this point. In response to a questionnaire from an autism advocacy group, she wrote, "I am committed to make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines…We don't know what, if any, kind of link there is between vaccines and autism - but we should find out."
Clinton has a long history of supporting efforts to get children vaccinated. In 1993, she spearheaded the Childhood Immunization Initiative and the Vaccines for Children program, which aimed to make vaccines affordable. Yet, she also has been a strong voice for families dealing with autism, calling in 2007 for $700 million per year to fund research and education. Her comments in 2008 reflected a certain tension to advocating on both fronts.
Feb 3, 2015, The Daily Caller: In 2008 Questionnaire, Obama, Hillary Revealed Concerns About Vaccines
As U.S. senators and presidential candidates in 2008, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton responded to a questionnaire from the vaccination skeptic group Advocates for Children’s Health Affected by Mercury Poisoning (A-CHAMP), and espoused views about childhood vaccinations that would likely not be politically acceptable today.
Some of Clinton’s answers to the questionnaire resurfaced Monday, though her full response, and that of Obama, had not been published.
But discovered deep within the internet, the then-candidates’ answers cast a fuller light on their stance on the issue at the time, and indicates that they at least sought to pander to vaccination skeptics by supporting a ban on the vaccination preservative thimerosal and backing more research into the link between vaccinations and autism.
Obama himself directly indicated that parents should be allowed to decide not to vaccinate their kids. ...
For her part, Clinton said that she would push to “ensure that all vaccines are as safe as possible for our children by working to ensure that Thimerosal and mercury are removed from vaccines.”
By the time Obama and Clinton weighed in on the toxicity of the preservative, ample research had discredited the claim that it was linked to autism. ...
On the question of whether vaccinations should be investigated as a possible cause of autism, Clinton replied, “I am committed to make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines.”
“I have long been a supporter of increased research to determine the links between environmental factors and diseases, and I believe we should increase the [National Institute of Health’s] ability to engage in this type of research.”
Would you support a large-scale federal study of the differences in health outcomes between vaccinated and unvaccinated groups?
“Yes. We don’t know what, if any, kind of link there is between vaccines and autism – but we should find out. The lack of research on treatments, interventions, and services for children and adults with autism is a major impediment to the development of delivery of quality care.”
Clinton’s main difference with Obama was on the question of whether families and individuals should have a right to refuse vaccination. The former first lady skirted around the question.
“As President, I will support efforts to ensure that vaccines are safe and effective, including independent reviews and large-scale studies,” Clinton responded. “All Americans should have access to accurate and comprehensive information about vaccinations.”
On Monday, Clinton offered her current stance on vaccinations, but made no reference to her past views on the issue.
“The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork,” Clinton tweeted. “Let’s protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest.”
Feb 3, 2015, USA Today: Hillary Clinton: The earth is round and vaccines work
Hillary Rodham Clinton tweeted her support for vaccinations on Monday night, wading into a debate that moved to the front of the 2016 presidential campaign with comments from Chris Christie and Rand Paul.
Clinton, the former secretary of State and a likely Democratic candidate, came down on the side of doctors and scientists who believe in vaccinating children against diseases such as measles.
USA Today video showed the young mother of an unvaccinated 2 year old: "My godson got the MMR vaccine, and within four hours he was having horrible seizures."
As a U.S. senator and presidential candidate in 2008, Hillary Clinton expressed support for the theory that childhood vaccinations contribute to autism, writing in a campaign questionnaire that she was “committed” to finding the causes of autism, including “possible environmental causes like vaccines.”
In 2008, Hillary Clinton was asked in a questionnaire from an autism group about whether vaccines should be investigated as a “possible cause” of autism. She answered: “I am committed to make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines.”
Monday night, she tweeted: “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids.”
Feb 2, 2015, The Hill: Hillary: 'The science is clear' on vaccines'
During the 2008 campaign, though, Clinton addressed an anti-vaccine group and cited a study at the time that raised concerns about a link between autism and vaccines.
“I am committed to make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines,” Clinton told the group.
Then-candidate Obama also noted concerns about such a link in 2008.
The study in question, though, has since been discredited in the medical community.