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The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
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A fifteen page story about the MMR vaccination controversy. As ever, I'm sure a few spelling errors have slipped past me. Feel free to point any out so I can correct them.

The reference links for the strip are in the next blog entry.

Now! Let's have a heated debate!

2013 update. Since I wrote this blog entry, this cartoon strip as well as many others on such subjects as homeopathy, chiropratic, evolution, and the supposed NASA Moon hoax landings, have been published in a book: Science Tales in the UK (Myriad Edtions) and How To Fake A Moon Landing in the US and Canada (Abrams). Here's the link to my main blog.

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I am Darryl Cunningham and this is my main blog.


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STICKYMUSIC:It is actually illegal in my country (NZ) to perform a medical procedure on a human being without their consent.

EYELID: it's not illegal if they're incapable of consenting.

Sorry, it is. Check your laws, but in my country (NZ), THANKFULLY it is illegal to perform a medical procedure on a human being without their consent, or the consent of their legal guardian. I believe this is also the case in the US, which is where I am assuming you're writing from? It is certainly the case throughout most of the developed world, where fairly solid human rights laws are in place.

We (NZ) are not a fascist dictatorship, and the US isn't quite there yet, either. What you're suggesting is inherently dangerous to human rights. It worries me.

I can accept your stance that vaccination is Good And Wonderful[TM], but I absolutely reject your suggestion that we have the right to perform medical procedures on people without their consent.

What next? Is using mentally impaired people as medical guinea pigs acceptable? If its for the greater good, your argument would seem to suggest that that would be just fine. One could argue that not doing it harms others, through lack of medical knowledge and understanding.

And besides, what do the rights of one human matter, when there is the "greater good" and "herd health" to consider?

We'll have to agree to differ on this one, but for now at least, what you're advocating is illegal and yes, in my country you would get successfully sued if you were a medical practitioner, or you might even go to jail.

For now, my view on vaccination is that I will and have vaccinated my children and myself against some diseases, but not others. It is up to me, as guardian of my own body and legal guardian of theirs, to decide what medical procedures we will accept. Not, thankfully, yours or anyone else's.

If you thought I am anti-vaccination, you are quite wrong. And I do not believe vaccination causes autism.

But I am absolutely, positively, pro human rights. And as we seem to disagree on this big issue, I can't see any point in discussing the issue further. We're at an impasse.

Thanks for your time.

but in my country (NZ), THANKFULLY it is illegal to perform a medical procedure on a human being without their consent, or the consent of their legal guardian.

"OR THE CONSENT OF THEIR LEGAL GUARDIAN."

You cannot obtain the consent of an infant. It is NOT POSSIBLE.

And the consent of their "guardian" is NOT THE SAME THING. You are equating them, and that's obviously disingenuous - if not hypocritical.

Another person cannot consent "for you". I'm sure that if I appointed someone else to make decisions over YOUR body, you would protest saying that their consent is not your consent.

If you were true to your principles, you'd be saying that we should never perform any proceedure on children at all, because we obviously can't obtain their consent. But you're not saying that.

What you are advocating IS doing things to children WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT, only you're trying to pretend you're not.

It's perfectly legal, in NZ or elsewhere, for people to make medical decisions for children.

Edited at 2010-05-26 11:19 pm (UTC)

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