Monday, April 27, 2015

'This is tasteless and kind of disgusting': Australian anti-vaccination group slammed after they compare immunisation of children to rape

A controversial anti-vaccination organisation has come under fire for comparing compulsory vaccination to rape in a social media post.

The Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network, an anti-vaccinations lobby group, posted an image to their Facebook page on Thursday which shows a man holding a woman with his hand over her mouth in an aggressive silencing gesture.

The tag line on the image read, 'Forced penetration. Really- no big deal, if it's just a vaccination needle and he's a doctor. Do you really "need" control over over your own choices?'.

The image was posted in response to tough new laws announced by Social Services Minister Scott Morrison earlier in April, which means that parents will no longer be able to access childcare benefits simply by signing a form that says they object to immunisation based on 'personal, philosophical or religious' reasons.

The new federal law, which was in part prompted by the death of one-month-old Riley Hughes from complications arising from whooping cough, means that parents who refuse to immunise their children are set to lose up to $15,000 a year for every child when the changes come into force from January 1, 2016.

The post, which has since been removed, caused an instant outcry from followers and opponents of the group alike, with social media users labelling the post 'tasteless', 'disgusting', and a possible trigger for those who had suffered sexual assault.

Fiona McCormack, the CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria said the comparison was 'so irresponsible and inappropriate'. 'To compare a doctor injecting a child against something like the measles to rape … it's obscene,' Ms McCormack told The Age.


Antivaxxers are paranoid and it burns them up that few people share their foolish fears -- so they resort to shock tactics -- which probably marginalizes them even further


Anonymous said...

Anti-vaccination is the ultimate act of selfishness and anti-social behaviour.

Anonymous said...

There is a bit of a thing at the moment that nothing but rape can be likened to rape.
So, if these people are to have their way similes are in trouble.

Anonymous said...

7:00 Rape is a very serious offense by a male against a female and it is not to be taken lightly. I would never call a rapist a man.

Use the Name, Luke said...

Yes, vaccination can occasionally cause harm. It's true.

But, without vaccinations, the diseases they protect against cause far more widespread and intense harm. Here is the key part of the summary of a study comparing the effects of diseases before and after vaccinations were put into use:

Results A greater than 92% decline in cases and a 99% or greater decline in deaths due to diseases prevented by vaccines recommended before 1980 were shown for diphtheria, mumps, pertussis, and tetanus. Endemic transmission of poliovirus and measles and rubella viruses has been eliminated in the United States; smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. Declines were 80% or greater for cases and deaths of most vaccine-preventable diseases targeted since 1980 including hepatitis A, acute hepatitis B, Hib, and varicella. Declines in cases and deaths of invasive S pneumoniae were 34% and 25%, respectively.

A much better analogy between vaccinations and something else would be the insertion of food in the mouth. Sometimes a person can choke or have an allergic reaction, but that food leads to life, so we keep eating it.

Anonymous said...

11:12 PM Men and boys can also be raped (sometimes by "men of God").

Bird of Paradise said...

Forcing parents to immunise their kids isnt right but Ritlan should be banned