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Should a Children’s Book Celebrating Anti-Vaccination be Banned?

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I don’t believe in banning material just because I find it misleading or insulting. In a true democracy people should have the right to voice their opinion on a range of issues, whether they are right or wrong is immaterial:

A BOOK promoting the “marvellous” health benefits of potentially fatal measles should be taken off the shelves, doctors say.

Melanie’s Marvelous Measles is an anti-vaccination book aimed at children. It claims – despite evidence that measles can kill and cause brain damage – that it’s a “good thing” to have.

The Australian Medical Association said the suggestion was wrong and misleading and that publishers “should be ashamed of themselves”.

On the cover of the book ‘Melanie’ is happily playing in the garden and showing off a rash on her belly. In the story, she is home with measles and her friend Tina is worried – but her mother reassures her.

“Firstly Tina, measles don’t run and catch you or hurt you… for most children it is a good thing to get measles,” she says.

“Many wise people believe measles make the body stronger and more mature for the future.”

Tina then asks if she can go and catch measles from Melanie. “That sounds like a great idea,” her mother responds, and suggests some carrot juice and melon might help Melanie recover.

AMA President Steve Hambleton said only the “crazies” thought that it would be better to get a disease than be vaccinated.

“They should be ashamed of themselves,” he said.

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3 Responses to “Should a Children’s Book Celebrating Anti-Vaccination be Banned?”

  1. Francois Tremblay Says:

    So you support free speech over children’s lives? What a compassionate person you are.

    • Michael G. Says:

      I don’t think opinions kill people. Suppression of opinion tends to cause more damage.

      • Francois Tremblay Says:

        You may not think so, but it does kill people. The “opinion” that children should be “toughened up” by letting them suffer terrible diseases has killed hundreds of children and made tens of thousands of children suffer. And YOU are contributing to that.

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