Anti-vaxxers Liken ‘Forced Penetration’ Of Childhood Vaccines To Rape In Disturbing Ad (IMAGE)

A major study has recently discovered that there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and autism in children – derailing several talking points that anti-vaxxers have been using to fight childhood immunization.

As more evidence shows that vaccinations are not to blame, anti-vaxx activists have been resorting to more hysterical, shock-value tactics to discourage people from supporting child vaccinations. Previously, we’ve seen anti-vaxx groups claim that vaccines got their roots from Nazi medical experiments and liken childhood vaccinations to the Holocaust. The latest push from the anti-vaxx movement is even more repulsive. This time, they’re saying that immunizing children is comparable to rape.

The group who dared to stoop this low is The Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network (AVSNI), who posted a horrific graphic that read “FORCED PENETRATION” on their Facebook page. The smaller print read:

“Really- no big deal, if it’s just a vaccination needle, and he’s a doctor. Do you really ‘need’ control over your own choices?”

Although this image has been removed from the page, Australian Women’s Weekly was able to get a screenshot of the post in all of its vile offensiveness.

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This ad was posted after Australia announced its new “No Jab, No Pay” policy, which ends religious exemption and prevents parents who don’t vaccinate their children from receiving up to $11,000 in government benefits. Those who saw the image attacked the page for its insensitivity, but the anti-vaxx group stood by their message. They wrote:

“This post isn’t tasteless – it is honest. What truly IS tasteless is our elected government trying to tell us that we have to vaccinate our children even if we don’t believe it is best for their health.”

The image implies that making the decision that your child needs vaccinations – life-saving ones at that – is equal to ignoring a woman’s right to consent. That a doctor “penetrating” a child’s skin to vaccinate them is just like a woman being raped. AVSNI justifies this comparison by saying that childhood immunization and rape both take away an individual’s control over their own body.

While the image is certainly disgusting and stirred up enough backlash to make AVSNI delete it from their page, Women’s Rights Groups believe the image does something much worse: it lessens the seriousness of violence against women by trivializing it to child vaccines.

AVSNI has long ignored scientifically backed information that disprove the group’s claim that vaccines are the cause of autism. While AVSNI might consider themselves immune from recent scientific findings that disprove the very mission they stand for, that’s not all they’re unaffected by. Judging from this tasteless ad, the anti-vaxx group is also immune to shame.

Featured image courtesy of AVSNI Facebook page (screenshot).