I Used to be a Non-Vaxxing Parent

So as controversial as it is, I’m going to go ahead and say I don’t believe there should be “religious exemptions” from getting your kids vaccinated, because getting them vaccinated is so important and it’s a public health issue. I used to be a non-vaxxing parent. My kids didn’t get their shots because I was in a church that taught that getting your kid shots was the same as practicing witchcraft. I wrote articles against vaxxing, which were all based on some research I supposedly did in eighth grade homeschool. I thought that shots had aborted babies in them and abortion was murder, etc.

Therefore, the line of thinking went, to put cells from other people’s murdered children into my children was witchcraft. Not to mention the murdered children, ya know. When it comes to abortion, I was lucky. I almost had to decide whether to have one or not when I ended up with a tubal pregnancy, but thankfully for me (because I was still in the fundamentalist church that believed it was wrong), my pregnancy terminated itself. I know in the end I would have had the abortion in order to save my own life and I would have lived with major guilt because of the religious environment I was in.

I never had to make that decision and so it would be easy to sit and judge other women who aren’t so lucky. I don’t understand all the moral panic about abortion. If women had better access to birth control, they might not need to have an abortion. These days, I don’t like abortion, but to say it’s murder is cruel to the women who have to make that decision. Women who have abortions aren’t cold-blooded killers; they’re just trying to get out of a bad situation.

But apart from that, I don’t believe that vaccines contain aborted babies anymore. Vaccines have been scientifically proven to have eradicated many diseases that will come back if we don’t continue to vaccinate our children. My children now are thankfully fully vaccinated, but it took time. As for vaccines causing autism, that has been scientifically debunked too. My children were all diagnosed with autism before they ever had their first shots. Just because autism starts to show up around the same time certain vaccines are given doesn’t mean that the vaccines caused the autism.

I’ve heard all the arguments. I’ve argued all the arguments, and I firmly believe that vaccines are part of basic care for children. We are so fortunate to live in a country that is rich enough where it can afford to vaccinate the children. I live in a state that doesn’t have a religious exemption for vaccines so I am thankful that if other children are going to school with mine, that they have been fully immunized except in cases where it would endanger the child. It’s important to take care of our children, and they have a right to basic healthcare regardless of the religious beliefs of their parents.

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