While the mainstream press is satisfied that the rulings of the Special Masters in 3 recent cases have settled the controversy over vaccines and autism (see examples of three stories), Robert Kennedy Jr. and David Kirby in two pieces on Huffington, reveal that autism has won in Vaccine Court.
ANOTHER AUTISM CASE WINS IN VACCINE COURT
By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
On February 12, the federal “Vaccine Court” in Washington issued a sweeping ruling in three highly touted “test cases” against families who claimed that their childrens’ autism had been caused by vaccines.
But last week, the parents of yet another child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were awarded a lump sum of more than $810,000 (plus an estimated $30-40,000 per year for autism services and care) in compensation by the Court, which ruled that the measels-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine had caused acute brain damage that led to his autism spectrum disorder.
A NEW THEORY OF AUTISM CAUSATION?
By David Kirby
A ruling from Federal Vaccine Court — that MMR vaccine caused an autism spectrum disorder in a young boy named Bailey Banks — flies directly in the face of the triple-play decision against a vaccine-autism link issued by the Court on February 12.
See both Kennedy’s and Kirby’s pieces: Vaccine Court: Autism Debate Continues
Forget vaccines, hunt for real autism cause
Chicago Sun Times
By Tom McNamee
Thursday was a good day for science. In a highly anticipated ruling, three federal judges concluded that childhood vaccines do not cause autism, despite claims otherwise by a powerful grass-roots movement led by parents and activists.
By Stephen Dick
Special Master George Hastings of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims made the right decision last week when he threw out three lawsuits against the government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Three families had sued the Department of Health and Human Services claiming vaccinations led to their children’s autism. The connection between vaccinations and autism was made, according to the plaintiffs, because of mercury contained in thimersol, a common ingredient in vaccines but taken out since 2001.
Still, true-believer parents, looking for someone to blame and a windfall to boot, believe vaccines have made their children autistic.
Rebecca Estep, head of Talk About Curing Autism, a family-support group, asked in the Wall Street Journal, “When does anecdotal evidence become enough?”
Here’s the answer, lady: never. In fact, anecdotal evidence is an oxymoron. Autism is considered abnormal behavior concerning social interactions. In previous generations, autistic people were probably considered shy or extreme introverts.
EDUCATE BEFORE YOU VACCINATE