In The Politics of Autism, I analyze the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism.
By not vaccinating their children, parents aren't only turning their backs on scientific evidence disproving a vaccine-autism link, nor are they only choosing to endanger their children. Instead, they're also sending the message that they would rather risk having their child become ill or die from nearly-eradicated diseases than risk having their child become autistic — all based on one fraudulent study. Is autism really a fate worse than illnesses that can cause encephalitis, seizures, meningitis, deafness, miscarriage, and death? Because by not vaccinating their children, parents are saying that autism-spectrum disorder is worse than risking their children's lives.