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Monday, March 12, 2018

Antivax House Member Apparently Jumps Ship

 In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the discredited theory that vaccines cause autism

At The New York Post, Carl Campanile reports that an antivax House member has apparently jumped ship.
A veteran congresswoman on Sunday backed away from her years of championing a discredited movement that claims vaccines cause autism.
A campaign spokesman for Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY] said the congresswoman now “does not believe there is a link between vaccinations and autism.”
Congresswoman Maloney believes in the efficacy and safety of vaccines. She was at the forefront of efforts to protect funding for vaccines in the Affordable Care Act,” the rep said.
But for years, Maloney beat the drum for authorities to the study for any links between vaccines and autism — even saying the denials of a connection reminded her of people who dismissed tobacco smoking as a cause of cancer.