Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk made a startling admission during a town hall meeting last week.
He told the crowd that he didn’t bother vaccinating his children (1:26:40)
“I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not… Most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy.“
Sure, they’re healthy for now. But, as Mother Jones‘ Bryan Schatz points out:
Having “healthy,” unvaccinated kids does not mean that they aren’t at risk, or that they won’t put others at risk later if they become infected. So far this year, there have been 154 cases of measles and three outbreaks; one outbreak sickened 86 people and landed 30 babies in home isolation. The disease spreads rapidly, afflicting not only those who lack immunization due to parental choice, but also those who haven’t been vaccinated because they are immunocompromised.
What Loudermilk chose to do puts his kids in danger and sets an awful precedent for people who take his views on science seriously. (And why would they? Maybe because he’s a leader in the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee) It’s bad enough that science isn’t taken seriously by the general public. It’s even worse when the people who handle science-related issues in our government don’t give a damn.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)