Yes, Vaccine Denialism Has a Slight Rightwing Bias–And Now It’s GOP Approved

By way of PZ Myers, we read that the Texas Republican Party Platform contains the following:

All adult citizens should have the legal right to conscientiously choose which vaccines are administered to themselves, or their minor children, without penalty for refusing a vaccine. We oppose any effort by any authority to mandate such vaccines or any medical database that would contain personal records of citizens without their consent.

Once again, it’s worth noting that all available data indicate that anti-vaccinationism has a slight right-wing bias. Unfortunately, until this platform, neither party threw its hat in the ring on this issue.

We’re fucked.

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5 Responses to Yes, Vaccine Denialism Has a Slight Rightwing Bias–And Now It’s GOP Approved

  1. Brea Plum says:

    Down here in Texas? Oh, yes, we most certainly are fucked. And here’s why:

    Sen. Dan Patrick, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, made it clear which side he was on.
    “Every day as lieutenant governor,” he promised delegates, “I will start every morning asking God, ‘How can I serve you?’”

    Until now, I thought dem Leticia Van De Putte had a good shot at the Loot’s race. But if Patrick runs that clip in his ads, that shot may go way off target.

    The platform, btw, also has a plant that rejects evolution and a plank that supports reparative therapy for homosexuals. Basically, the Texas GOP has completely rejected science (until their next sinus infection, then they’ll be all over antibiotics).

    • Are you kidding? They start on them when they get a cold.

      • Brea Plum says:

        Sigh. Sadly, you’re right – because no amount of explaining the difference between bacteria and viruses gets you anywhere. I have liberal friends whom I know for a fact have college degrees who swear up and down that antibiotics do so work against the cold virus, or that their cold is not caused by a virus, so the doctor should just hand over the pills without doing anything like a culture. Because heaven forfend the doctor be able to treat you correctly the first time.

  2. AWJ says:

    It’s been true for many years now that if you want to see the leading edge, the avant garde of American wingnuttery, the Texas Republican party platform is the place to look.

  3. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:

    All adult citizens should have the legal right to conscientiously choose which vaccines are administered to themselves, or their minor children

    This is something I have been thinking about recently. I presume that the Texas GOP, like many religious zealots, is also anti-choice, and repeats the flimsy claim that a lump of cells is a “person.” But with faith healing and vaccine denial, we see that “minor children” are still under the guidance of their parents. If they were considered “persons,” shouldn’t they have the right to the best health care, regardless of their parents’ inclinations?

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