First, let’s get this straight. I’m all for anti-science anti-vaxer right wingers not being vaccinated, as long as a) we take their children away from them (and vaccinate the poor dears) and b) isolate the adult anti-vaxers from the rest of the species, perhaps in Texas. But in the meantime, let’s look at the latest bit of (mis)information from the utterly insane side of our society. If nothing else, this story may serve to remind us all what we are fighting about…. not the attitude of this or that skeptics, or which movements should or should not be engaged in chopping the pope down to size. This, folks, is the real deal:
Here is the headline: Study Confirms Link Between Autism and Use of Cells From Abortions in Vaccines by Steven Ertelt, editor of the anti-choice “Lifenews.com” and, apparently, some sort of abysmally stupid miscreant.
A new study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency shows a correlation between the use of cells from babies in abortions in vaccines to an increase in autism rates.
The study, published in February in the publication Environmental Science & Technology, confirms 1988 as a “change point” in the rise of Autism Disorder rate.
Yes, this study does say that.
“Although the debate about the nature of increasing autism continues, the potential for this increase to be real and involve exogenous environmental stressors exists,” the study says.
Well, yes. It is the ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency. They look for, and sometimes find (and sometimes not) ENVIRONMENTAL causes of things. Good thing those hippies back in the 60s created this agency, by gosh.
…. as pro-life blogger Jill Stanek notes, the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute indicates that’s when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices added a second dose of the MMR vaccine, containing fetal cells from aborted babies, to its recommendations.
Indeed. And the study in question, the one being cited here, briefly summarizes the other studies that have been done that have pretty much demonstrated that there is NOT a link between MMR and autism. NOT. Not is. Is not. No link. No link mentioned in this study. No link shown anywhere else. The only link is in the feeble and demented brain of “blogger Jill Stanek.” Jeesh.
So the MMR – autism link is dead, so the fetal tissues don’t really matter, but what about that? Are dead babies used to prepare the MMR vaccine?
Well, no. Human cell lines have provided some of the substrate for one part of the MMR vaccine (the “R” part) in the past, some of that from old non-abortive tissue lines, some from abortive tissue lines. But there were religious objections for using the abortive tissue lines, so now, if I understand correctly, we use … cow fetuses and human tissues that are not from abortive material. Which is probably inferior (but I’m not sure if it makes a difference in this case)
Lies, fabricated links, bad information, scare tactics. What are they getting out of this dishonesty?
If you want a copy of the EPA paper, email me and I’ll get you one.
Hat Tip: Ana