Actress Jessica Biel is now an anti-vaxxer.
Yesterday, she appeared in front of the California State House, alongside conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lobby against a bill that would crack down on doctors who sign off on medical exemptions to vaccines even when there’s no real medical reason for the patient to avoid the shots.
In other words, Biel wants people to make it easier for people to avoid getting vaccines even if there’s no medical reason to do so — something that would put the general public at risk of an epidemic.
This isn’t the first time she’s dabbled in anti-vax propaganda. A few years ago, she and her husband, singer Justin Timberlake, reportedly said they were not going to vaccinate their son due to possible “complications”… (Spoiler: There are no real complications when it comes to vaccines.) At the time, she didn’t make any comments to the press.
This morning, however, Biel tried to tamper down the rumors that she opposed vaccines by going on Instagram and telling the world that she… opposes vaccines.
Or rather, she’s taking the Jenny McCarthy approach to them and saying they ought to be a “choice,” which they shouldn’t be. If people could voluntarily opt out of vaccines for their kids, a number of once-fatal diseases could re-emerge, as we’ve seen all over the world.
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This week I went to Sacramento to talk to legislators in California about a proposed bill. I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians. My concern with #SB276 is solely regarding medical exemptions. My dearest friends have a child with a medical condition that warrants an exemption from vaccinations, and should this bill pass, it would greatly affect their family’s ability to care for their child in this state. That’s why I spoke to legislators and argued against this bill. Not because I don’t believe in vaccinations, but because I believe in giving doctors and the families they treat the ability to decide what’s best for their patients and the ability to provide that treatment. I encourage everyone to read more on this issue and to learn about the intricacies of #SB276. Thank you to everyone who met with me this week to engage in this important discussion!
… I am not against vaccinations — I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians.
That word “educated” is doing a lot of heavy lifting in that sentence…
There’s only one educated decision that medical experts would give you: Get vaccinated. There are a small handful of people who literally can’t get vaccinated for medical reasons, which is why the rest of us have an obligation to get our shots and keep the herd immunity going.
To pretend like it’s a “choice” is giving credence to the irrational idiots who think Biel and McCarthy and other delusional celebrities know more about medicine than doctors and researchers who spend their lives studying this stuff.
Those doctors support the bill that Biel was opposing in California.
As The Hollywood Reporter explained,
The bill, SB 276, which is making its way through the California legislature, is designed to crack down on doctors who provide what sponsoring senator Richard Pan calls fake medical exemptions. The co-sponsors are the California Medical Association and American Academy of Pediatrics, California and Vaccinate California.
Biel says she lobbied against the bill because she knows a family with a child “with a medical condition that warrants an exemption from vaccinations, and should this bill pass, it would greatly affect their family’s ability to care for their child in this state.”
If the child has a legitimate medical condition that would be impacted by vaccines, then that child shouldn’t be vaccinated. No one is denying this. It’s all the more reason to require everyone else to get vaccinated. The California bill is only meant to prevent doctors from pretending people have medical reasons to avoid the shots when they just don’t want them. It’s a sensible bill meant to protect public health.
“The children who need medical exemptions will not have a problem getting them if SB 276 becomes law,” said Leah Russin, executive director of Vaccinate California, another co-sponsor of the bill. “People who are on immuno-suppressant drugs will not have a problem getting a medical exemption—and in fact, the people who truly need medical exemptions desperately need everyone else to be vaccinated. That’s why they support this bill. Medical advice should be coming from medical professionals.”
Biel, in her arrogant idiocy, wants more people to suffer, whether she admits it or not. (Haven’t her movies done enough?)
Kennedy is a poster child for irrational thinking on this subject. In 2017, Donald Trump (himself an anti-vaxxer) allegedly proposed making Kennedy the head of a “vaccine safety commission” that would have investigated the non-existent “link” between vaccines and autism. The Trump administration later denied this was happening.
To have both Kennedy and Biel lobbying against a vaccine bill should raise red flags for every legislator in the state.