Jim Carrey, famous world over for his hilarious performances in movies such as The Mask and Ace Ventura, is now an active campaigner against vaccinations.I think that the leaders of the anti-vaccination cult should be held responsible for the fear they cause and the resulting spread of disease. In Schenck v. United States,
The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that the United States Congress has a right to prevent.Surely the needless spreading of lethal diseases that were once wiped out represents a clear and present danger.
In May, The New England Journal of Medicine laid the blame for clusters of disease outbreaks throughout the US squarely at the feet of declining vaccination rates, while nonprofit health care provider Kaiser Permanente reported that unvaccinated children were 23 times more likely to get pertussis, a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes violent coughing and is potentially lethal to infants. In the June issue of the journal Pediatrics, Jason Glanz, an epidemiologist at Kaiser’s Institute for Health Research, revealed that the number of reported pertussis cases jumped from 1,000 in 1976 to 26,000 in 2004. A disease that vaccines made rare, in other words, is making a comeback. “This study helps dispel one of the commonly held beliefs among vaccine-refusing parents: that their children are not at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases,” Glanz says.Update via Telescope Mercenary: Jenny McCarthy Body Count.