I wanted to be at the Energy & Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing last Thursday morning. After working every possible scenario to leave home to be there, I just wasn’t able to go. So instead, I watched the hearing on a C-Span link in my home office. I know it could’ve have helped to sit with fellow parents who were there, some of whom have a child with a vaccine-injury like my son has. With how attacked moms like me are, seeing the women in the audience was a comfort.
Sadly, and predictably, the hearing these other moms traveled miles to attend turned out be the one-sided conversation I’d been warned it would be. The testimonies of the expert witnesses sounded more like a scripted pharmaceutical ad than an honest conversation about vaccines. Ads tend to highlight potential benefits and can gloss over actual facts. They are a one-sided transmission of what an industry wants the public to hear. That’s exactly what the hearing sounded like until those moms in the audience broke that transmission. That happened when one of the representatives asked a witness, a medical doctor, a simple vaccine question.
“I’ve heard some parents claim that measles vaccines can cause brain inflammation, known as encephalitis. Is that true?” Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) asked Dr. Anthony Fauci. “Is that true?” Guthrie continued. “Can measles vaccine cause encephalitis?”
Shaking his head, Dr. Fauci replied, “Brain inflammation...encephalitis… The vaccine? No.”
Ironically, side effects and vaccine reactions are also published on the CDC website – which both doctors giving testimony referenced and encouraged parents to go. Fauci gushed about it only moments before he lied, “The CDC website is just really a cornucopia of important information. It’s easily accessible. Go to CDC.org. Search. Put measles in. All the thing you really want to know about it are right there, with references.”
Guthrie must have known Fauci wasn’t telling the truth because he questioned Fauci further, “There’s no cases?”
Dr. Fauci, who is also the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, quickly backtracked from his MMR vaccine doesn’t cause encephalitis answer with a one-word reply and said that it was, “Rare.” He did that while Dr. Messonnier fumbled for words while trying to step in. At the same time, the audience – who knew that Rep. Guthrie had just been lied to, was chastised. Well versed in vaccine data, the moms bravely spoke up. Retorting to the lies, their voices grew louder. Instead of recognizing that the moms were right and that the government’s expert witness was wrong, a terse reminder is given to the audience. They’re to stay quiet, or they would be asked to leave.
Tell the truth, we’re told from a young age. Unless you’re under oath talking about the US’ liability-free vaccines it seems.
After that brief pause, the rest of the hearing, which continued to sound like a paid pharmaceutical advert, continued. Would my presence have mattered? Strength in numbers helps, especially when up against a machine. I couldn’t be there though. That day, my job as mom took precedence. However, I could to reach out to others and share what I know. So I did just that.
Sharing that clip from the hearing, reminding other parents that vaccine choice matters, and sending a message to my representatives that where there is risk, they must be choice, I know I made a difference.
Another hearing is scheduled this week. The HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) will hold a hearing, called Vaccines Save Lives: What is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks? It will likely be in favor of the medical establishment and vaccine industry again rather than for the people, but I will make my voice heard once more. I encourage those of you who would also like to see freedom be preserved to do so the same. And if you can’t travel to the hearing, you can send a message from home. Suggestions on how to do that can be found in the following action alerts:
The industry walked away from my child. Some of our nations’ elected officials are walking away from him now, too. I could never do that to my son, and I won’t.
Late Thursday night after reviewing the hearing video, I settled into bed knowing I had done all that I could do. The next major hearing about liability-free vaccines is scheduled for this Tuesday (March 5th) at 10am. I’d love to be a face in the crowd that will gather in Washington, D.C., and to stand up for what’s right. But I have a feeling I’ll be watching the events from home once more. My job as mom to Ronan is to be available to him, and that means being here with him. I may miss out on some of the face-to-face meetings and networking that will be going on with other like-minded parents, but I am blessed in that I can stay home and help Ronan be successful in his day.
It’ll never be a fancy job that comes with any financial incentives or kickbacks from major corporations, but being Ronan’s mom is the most important job I have right now. He needs me to be strong. More importantly, he needs be to present. Being home with my son, I do that with his best interests in mind and always with love.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.