This is one rebuttal (I agree with some, but not all of it)
I liked most of this rebuttal, but especially this point, which is the one that matters most to me:
The reason I have decided to put this into a blog post is because as the fear-mongering revs up, and the propaganda is in full force right now, my husband and I have both recently seen some uncharacteristic behavior in people. In the past, we never really worried about mentioning our choice out loud. But now, there is a firestorm occurring and the fear being generated in the media is creating a witch hunt for those of us who choose an alternative schedule with our children’s vaccinations. But there is more. Our rights as parents are being threatened. Your rights.
I do care about this kind of vitriol being put in its place:
“Dear Anti-Vaxxers: You Want Pure Nature? OK, Die Young.”
Wow. So much hatred (and ignorance- nice strawman there). I don’t want ‘pure’ nature, I’d never heard of Jenny McCarthy until years after we’d made our vaccination decision (pretty sure she was still in high school when we did, too), and our decisions actually have never had anything at all to do with autism.
I care about responding to this kind of vicious, illogical attack because this whipping up the hatred against those who make different choices than you creates a hostile climate for your victims, one where people are quite comfortable bludgeoning us into submission using the law as a club
Some of our kids have had all their vaccinations (except Hep B, unless it was given in the hospital without our consent, which is regrettably entirely possible).
Some have had some but not others.
Some haven’t. There are different reasons, some of them specific to the child, some to what was available when and where we were at the time- when the FYG was born, the base hospital was still only using the live polio vaccine, which we didn’t want, for one example.
Choosing not to go with the flow and just do what the doctor said without questioning it at all was probably the hardest, scariest decision we ever made. I do not wish any of that on anybody.
So I don’t really care whether or not somebody else vaccinates, and in real life, I have never tried to convince anybody else about anything, except, fairly briefly one of my own daughters with one of the grandchildren, and then she reminded me sweetly who was mom and who was grandmom, and I backed my way out of that conversation.
I do care about the freedoms of parents to make the decisions they think are best for their children. And that’s really why I bring this topic up – to keep that point visible, to do what I can to normalize the idea that parents ought to get to make these decisions without fear of losing their kids.