GOP Hopeful Carly Fiorina Wants To Be President…Of The Anti-Vaxxer Movement

Fox News’ favorite GOP Presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina might actually be running for President of the Anti-Vaxxer movement instead, as she comes out against vaccinations at a Town Hall meeting in Iowa.

According to the Washington Post, Fiorina took a question from a mother-of-five who said she won’t vaccinate her children due to her “religious beliefs,” and because vaccines are made using “aborted babies.” Would Fiorina protect her right to do so?

The failed Hewlett-Packard CEO responded:

“When in doubt, it is always the parent’s choice,”

“We must protect religious liberty and someone’s ability to practice their religion,”

“We must devote energy and resources to doing so. Period.”

The presidential hopeful failed to point out that there is not a single vaccine on earth which contains aborted babies, or any human cell. And as Jezebel writes, she also failed to point out that: “48 states currently offer a religious exemption for vaccines, while 17 also offer a “philosophical” one.”

Nevertheless, we now know that should Fiorina somehow navigate her way to the driving seat of the GOP clown car, that she would be running for President of the Anti-Vaxxers.

It is worth remembering that vaccines actually prevent the deaths of children, and the kind of public health disasters of less civilized times. Take measles for example. In children below 5 and adults over 20-years-old, it can cause life-altering and fatal complications. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children.
  • About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or mentally retarded.
  • For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.

Does it strike you as particularly Presidential to increase the risk of such a public health crisis in America on the basis of anti-science, un-evidenced fearmongering? If so, Carly Fiorina is your candidate. If not, help make sure the closest Fiorina or her fellow Republican anti-vaxxers get to the Oval Office is while on a guided tour.

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