I am responding to Rachelle Cohen’s editorial entitled, “Preying on Parents’ Fear” published in your newspaper on May 8, 2017.
It is evident from her commentary that Ms. Cohen has done no legitimate investigation into the topic of vaccines, the vaccine-autism connection, the work of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, or any of the medically grounded reasons why Somali immigrants or others might possibly eschew vaccines. Rather, she has engaged in spreading untruths and lies unbefitting a publication that deems itself reputable.
Suggesting that people be killed—by hanging, no less—for their thoughtfully made healthcare decisions, including the decision about what immune-altering pharmaceutical products to inject into their bodies and the bodies of their children, is irresponsible and reckless.
In the United States we have the right to informed medical consent, which includes the right to refuse treatment and the right to choose how to treat illness when it occurs. Furthermore, the U.S. has a well-functioning public health system that has the power to quarantine infectious people when they believe illness poses an imminent threat to the community.
In light of the above, I request that you take the following actions:
- withdraw Ms. Cohen’s editorial,
- offer a public apology for the irresponsible and inflammatory remarks contained in Ms. Cohen’s editorial,
- reprimand Ms. Cohen for her careless conduct as a journalist and inflammatory rhetoric in the public domain,
- conduct proper research about informed medical consent, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the efficacy of treating measles with Vitamin A, and the genetic and biological differences that place some people at higher risk for negative consequences from vaccines, and publish those findings.
This is a complex topic where truth is often the first casualty, so deep and diligent research is required to fully comprehend the magnitude of the problem. Should your staff wish to pursue this topic to its truthful conclusion, you will be in possession of the story of an unimaginable medical crime perpetuated systematically against modern humanity.