Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Politics and Science of Being Anti-Science Concerning Immunizations

Following the announcement Thursday that SB 346 was being introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly, anti-vaccination activists started mobilizing to fight it. They are apparently planning a rally at the General Assembly on Tuesday (March 24) at 10 am. Much of the initial rage seems focused at Senator Tarte, from comparisons to Auschwitz and China's one child policy to claims that he receives 50% of his contributions from Big Pharma (not even close according to Project Vote Smart). Note that Tarte's wife has been a pediatrician for 30 years. I suspect this has influenced his views on this issue more than the apparently modest campaign contributions from Big Pharma...and a few lunches for his wife.

Some of the popular pseudoscientific arguments making the rounds:
Via the SciShow, here's what science tells us about this phenomena...


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