Parents in Belgium were sent to jail for not getting their children vaccinated against polio. Maria Cheng of the Associated Press reports:
"It's a pretty extraordinary case," said Dr. Ross Upshur, director of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto.Well, I’m not moving to Belgium anytime soon, but they better not pull this crap in the U.S. I know Dr. Fuhrman wouldn’t like it. Here's what he had to say about mandatory HPV vaccinations:
"The Belgians have a right to take some action against the parents, given the seriousness of polio, but the question is, is a prison sentence disproportionate?"
The parents can still avoid prison — their sentences were delayed to give them a chance to vaccinate their children. But if that deadline also passes without their children receiving the injections, the parents could be put behind bars.
Remember this is not about arguing about the effectiveness or value of vaccines, just whether we should mandate medical care and take another freedom away from Americans. We no longer have the freedom to take or not take medications. Sounds like the Taliban to me.Scary stuff.