Originally published February 21 2015
U.S. doctors announce vaccine jihad against the American people as a form of "medical terrorism"
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) A number of U.S. doctors are making their opinions known regarding their support for mass vaccinations of the American public by announcing that they will refuse to see patients who hold libertarian views regarding vaccine choice.
The decision not to see patients who don't support vaccinations was epitomized by Los Angeles pediatrician Dr. Charles Goodman, who posted on his Facebook page that his practice will no longer see kids whose parents refuse to get them shots, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
The doctor's decision comes amid a measles outbreak in the state, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the disease eradicated from the U.S. in 2000.
"Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they're not just putting their kids at risk, but they're also putting other kids at risk -- especially kids in my waiting room," he wrote.
As further reported by the AP:
It's a sentiment echoed by a small number of doctors who in recent years have "fired" patients who continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism. They hope the strategy will lead parents to change their minds; if that fails, they hope it will at least reduce the risk to other children in the office.
"Pediatricians should avoid discharging patients from their practices"
The approach, which is being panned by Americans who believe that parents should have more choice over the matter, is also raising questions about physicians' ethical responsibilities to treat those who are sick.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the AP reported, has said that doctors should discuss the issue of vaccinations during visits with their patients, but that an overall rule of thumb is to respect the wishes of the parents. The AAP went on to say that deference was conditional on whether the doctor perceived a significant health risk to the child, in which case the state would likely be called to step in and force parents to get their children vaccinated against their will, as Natural News has documented.
"In general, pediatricians should avoid discharging patients from their practices solely because a parent refuses to immunize his or her child," say guidelines issued by the organization.
The AAP also says that, if the doctor-patient-parent relationship becomes untenable, the doctor could recommend the pro-vaccine-choice parent to seek a physician elsewhere.
The AP noted that some parents who have been dropped by their doctors are reacting negatively. Some, like Dotty Hagmier, founder of a support group called Moms in Charge, feel "betrayed and upset."
She says parents who have made decisions to forego vaccination for their children have done so following "careful research and diligence to understand the risks versus the benefits for their own children's circumstances."
Easy to blame anti-vaxxers
SERMO, an online chat room for physicians, has seen much discussion of the issue of dropping patients who refuse vaccines, the AP noted. Some say they are adamant about not taking patients who won't vaccinate; others say they do not want the responsibility of seeing someone die from an illness that was otherwise preventable. Still others warn that refusing to see such patients will only send them into the arms of non-professionals and kooks.
Regarding the current measles outbreak, some political observers are pointing out that measles and several other diseases that were either eradicated in the U.S. or were very rare are now again becoming more common as the Obama Administration admits tens of thousands of illegal alien children, many of whom are bringing diseases with them.
"The usual clickbait sites are gleefully blaming 'anti-vaxxers', parents opposed to vaccines for their children, for the measles outbreak," wrote Daniel Greenfield at FrontPage Magazine. "They are certainly a safe target, but overlooked is the simple fact that there would be no outbreaks without immigration from countries where measles is widespread."
His full column is here.
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