Rep. Eddie Farnsworth Kowtows to Irrational Anti-Vaccination Crowd


Posted by Michael Bryan

TinfoilhatLooks like the black helicopter crowd has joined forces with the vaccination conspiracy theorists. Eddie Farnsworth is backing a bill to restrict Arizona's colleges and universities from requiring vaccinations.

Perhaps this is really a problem that is keeping Arizonans from getting post-secondary education, but I sincerely doubt it.

Farnsworth claims "the change is needed because parents of some students from kindergarten through high school decide against having their children vaccinated." This seems merely to be pandering to those irresponsible and wackadoodle parents who still believe, against all evidence and in the face of a major scientific malpractice scandal discrediting the original study linking vaccinations and autism, that children are harmed by vaccination.

Amazing to think that this urban myth delusion has been around long enough that those (surviving) children denied vaccinations may now be approaching college age. It's a testimony to the staying power of irrational beliefs.

Poor form, Farnsworth. And poor public policy in service to an irrational fringe constituency.

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  1. I 100% agree with Farnsworth. A question for all you kool-aide drinkers, if your were vaccinated as a child why do you need to re-up when you go to college? We and others that wish to not contaminate ourselves with Mercury have a right to say NO. If you do not like it to bad.

  2. You are right that the anti-vaccine crowd is a group of ignorant people. What’s embarrassing to me is how many of them are not on the far-right fringe but on the progressive left: people who support “breastfeeding, intactivism, natural immunity, natural foods for *humans* such a conscious omnivore diet, organic living, all things ‘as nature intended’!” Check out Anti-Vaccine Liberals.

    Those of us on the left might like to think that only rightists are anti-science and anti-common sense, but it’s not true.

  3. aren’t these the same people that didn’t want fluoride in the tap water back in the 1960s thinking it was some evil Govt mind control conspiracy?

  4. Idiocy…the majority of people entering college are over 18, meaning these aren’t decisions their mommy and daddy get to make any more anyway….