Matt Bevin, the anti-science conservative Christian governor of Kentucky, told a radio host yesterday that he purposely exposed his nine kids to chickenpox instead of getting them vaccinated against it.
He risked his kids’ lives so he could own the libs. And now he’s suggesting others should follow his lead.
“Every single one of my kids had the chickenpox,” Bevin said in an interview with WKCT, a Bowling Green talk radio station. “They got the chickenpox on purpose because we found a neighbor that had it and I went and made sure every one of my kids was exposed to it, and they got it. They had it as children. They were miserable for a few days, and they all turned out fine.”
This mentality isn’t a new one. I remember hearing about “pox parties” when I was younger. But medical experts are quick to tell you this is a horrible idea. Bevin assumes his kids will catch a harmless disease, their bodies will fight it (with the help of some special lotion), and everything will be back to normal in no time.
The problem is that not everyone who gets the disease gets better.
Dr. Ruth Carrico, an associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, said chickenpox is often incorrectly viewed as a relatively harmless disease.
But it can be fatal to children and adults who suffer complications, she said.
“On more than one occasion, I have had a patient who is a pregnant woman who became exposed to chickenpox and became ill and developed pneumonia,” Carrico said. “Either she or her baby or both did not survive.”
Bevin: He’s “pro-life”… but he’ll considering sacrificing a child or two if he doesn’t have to listen to liberals.
All of this comes during a serious anti-vaccination craze in Kentucky that has killed dozens of people.
In response to Bevin’s comments, the Kentucky Democratic Party called on the governor to clarify his position on vaccination against the hepatitis A virus, which has killed 44 people in the state.
“Kentucky is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of Hepatitis A in the country. It is a major public health risk at this point. The last thing we need is Governor Bevin suggesting that immunization is not important,” KDP spokeswoman Marisa McNee said in an email. “Governor Bevin should reassure the public that he supports the recommendation of the entire medical community with respect to controlling an outbreak of Hepatitis A, which is immunization.”
He didn’t reassure anyone.
This is what Kentucky gets for elected a man who treats science as a dirty word. He puts citizens in danger because he thinks vaccinations are part of some Big Government conspiracy theory and that opting out of them is a choice everyone should et to make. Just because his kids survived doesn’t mean others will. He just doesn’t care.