One way to make a point about vaccinations…
That was posted on Facebook by an Australian anti-vax group. The SMH reports
It is not the first time the group has made the same comparison. In a tweet in January 2011, the group compared a court ordering a five-year-old girl to be vaccinated to “court orders rape of a child”.
Almost immediately, supporters of the group expressed their disgust, with one commentator, Rachelle Taylor, posting: “This is disgusting. Are you saying you believe your child being immunised is as bad as your child being raped? This could also be very triggering for victims of sexual assault.”
The group responded to one comment on its page, defending its decision to liken vaccines to sexual assault.
“This post isn’t tasteless – it is honest. What truly IS tasteless is our elected government trying to tell us that we have to vaccinate our children even if we don’t believe it is best for their health,” the group said.
Right. What if you believed rape was best for your children’s health? How tasteless would it be if the government told you you couldn’t do that.
In January, a nation-wide lecture tour from American anti-vaccine doctor Sherri Tenpenny was cancelled after pressure from doctors and medical groups forced most venues to cancel their bookings for the lectures. The AVKN has strongly supported her aborted tour.
The group was forced to change its name from the ‘Australian Vaccination Network’ over repeated claims the name was misleading.
The New South Wales Fair Trading Department received complaints about its name, with the Australian Medical Association stating it sounded like it could be a government agency.
Despite challenging a direction to change its name, the Administrative Decisions Tribunal forced the group to find a new title.
Oh yes? The Facebook group is still called that.