Robert Kennedy Jr., the nephew of JFK, caused controversy before the introduction of a bill that would mandate vaccines for children in California when he asserted that the number of kids developing autism after receiving shots represented a “holocaust” for America.
The legislation, which would ban exemptions on vaccines, got its first hearing today in front of the California Senate health committee. The new law would prevent parents from citing personal beliefs or religious reasons to avoid getting their children vaccinated.
Opposing the legislation, Kennedy highlighted the alleged link between vaccines and autism.
“They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” he told the crowd. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”
Although acknowledging that he had his own six children vaccinated and supported the basic premise of vaccines, Kennedy warned that the system was being abused by the pharmaceutical industry.
“The checks and balances in our democratic system that are supposed stand between corporate power and our little children have been removed,” Kennedy said. “And there’s only one barrier left and that’s the parents.”
The bill is being heard amidst a recent national debate about vaccinations being made mandatory which began after a measles outbreak that infected more than 100 people in California and several other states.
The controversy escalated in February when Senator Rand Paul told a CNBC host, “I’ve heard many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”
Paul went on to make the point that he believed in the efficacy of vaccines but that empowering the state to mandate them by force was a violation of basic liberties.
A 2011 study published in the reputable Human and Experimental Toxicology journal found a direct statistical link between higher vaccine doses and infant mortality rates in the developed world, suggesting that the increasing number of inoculations being forced upon children by medical authorities, particularly in the United States which administers the highest number of vaccines and also has the highest number of infant deaths, could be having a detrimental impact on health.
Despite the fact that it administers the most vaccines, the United States has the highest infant mortality rate of all developed countries, with an average of 6.22 deaths per 1000 live births. The US has a far higher infant mortality rate than the likes of Cuba or Slovenia despite spending vastly more on health care.
Watch the video below for a philosophical exploration of why empowering the state to mandate vaccines is completely anathema to basic civil rights.