Note: Gary Richardson is doing what lawyers do - representing a client to protect their rights. The client's goal is to protect Oklahomans' rights. OVHC-PAC is dedicated to the support of incumbents and candidates who support vaccine and health choice. Did you read "we are against childhood vaccines" in that sentence? No. The article states that the OVHC-PAC is "against childhood vaccinations." We wrote about Dr. Eve Switzer just yesterday, and her never ending Twitter campaign of false information and parental shaming.
If you have a few dollars to spare - send them to Oklahoman's For Vaccine Choice. You know Dr. Switzer isn't having a bake sale to fund her legal fees.
From The Frontier:
A Tulsa attorney who is among the dozen candidates vying to become Oklahoma’s governor said he supports the efforts of a political group opposed to childhood vaccinations, which he is representing in court.
Gary Richardson, a Republican candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial race, is representing the Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice political action committee as well as Tulsa opthamologist Jim Meehan in a defamation lawsuit filed against them and others by Enid pediatrician Eve Switzer.
The lawsuit, filed in December in Tulsa County District Court, accuses the organization, Meehan, Candice Chamberlain, Linda Cronkhite and Elizabeth Aven of making statements online about Switzer accusing her of not providing enough information for parents to adequately be able to give informed consent for children whom she was administering a flu vaccination.
Switzer, who is former president of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, states in her lawsuit that the defendants took statements she wrote in a newsletter out of context and as a result she has suffered financial damages and received harassment and death threats.
The defendants argue that they did not take Switzer’s comments out of context, that the lack of informed consent allegations are true, that she has not suffered damages as a result, and that the lawsuit is part of an effort by Switzer to antagonize the defendants.
The outcome of the lawsuit has yet to be decided.
Richardson, who was representing Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice prior to his late April announcement that he was running for governor, said his stance on the issue of vaccination was close to that of the group’s.
“I think one could conclude what my position is in view of who I’m representing, and I don’t represent anyone if I don’t believe in their cause,” Richardson said. “I believe it should be the parents’ privilege to decide. I believe the parents should be fully informed about the vaccination and the parents should have the right to decide whether the vaccination should be given to their child.”
Asked whether there is a link between autism and childhood vaccinations — a claim made by some childhood vaccination opponents — Richardson said he does not have a basis to say that a link does exist.
Though some claim a connection between childhood vaccination and autism, there is no concrete evidence of such a connection, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unequivocally states that there is no link between vaccination and autism.
Though Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice and its members had been active previously, Switzer’s court filings indicate the lawsuit came about because of events surrounding Gov. Mary Fallin’s 2016 veto of House Bill 3016. Read more here.