Why the Vaccine Controversy is a Feminist Issue

“As an American citizen, I support every other mother’s right to make healthcare decisions as she feels best for her individual child.”

Holy Hormones Journal: This should be our mantra. Why shouldn’t women have this right? We know our children best? We know when they are healthy and we know when they are regressing in front of our eyes – even when the doctor says – oh, that is normal or your child will grow out of it.

I just became aware of this brilliant blog post and I had to share it with you.  I have ridden in this rodeo before. Only in the 1970’s it was over the abortion

fem·i·nism (noun) The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

fem·i·nism (noun) The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

issue – where the pro-lifers (mostly women) were pitted against the “anti-abortionists” (mostly women). Have you noticed how the powers to be and the media (mostly men) love to divide and conquer women by getting them to fight over fundamental rights?

The abortion issue (which will be ramping up in the 2016 campaign – even more so with Hillary running) is not about babies living or dying. What mother does not cry, wail, mourn over the death of her child whether born or not? Thousands of women cry daily as they see their child die from malnutrition, brutality, burned, tortured or maimed in a war zone.

The abortion issue has always been about choice. Pro-choice. The freedom to choose whether to bring one more child into the world.  And that is why 40 years later the issue is still being hotly debated. Damn women for having a choice – right? It gives them too much power, right?

The vaccine issue is not that much different – and this writer says it all. If you don’t support a woman’s right to make healthcare decisions for her child then you are part of the problem.  And don’t call yourself a feminist.

I recently had the opportunity to sit on a vaccine panel in my community. The forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, and was televised and will be rebroadcast.  I was stunned as the moderator (female) dismissed mothers involved in the vaccine issue in her opening remarks. If the cameras had not been rolling I would have stood up right then and there and admonished her for her disparaging comments against the very women I have come to respect and hold in highest regards for standing tall during their daily travails with neurologically and pathologically damaged children – combined with their research and advocacy to prevent other mothers seeing their child disappear into the recesses of their mind or become a prisoner of their own body.

The vaccine issue is the women’s movement of this decade – if not of this century. And women will fight this battle – like we fought for the right to own land, educate ourselves, vote, and to have reproductive control. And we will win – like we won all other basic rights.

But the author is dead-on-right;  if men were involved in this issue – instead of “lowly women” vaccine safety and efficacy would have been resolved years ago. If men were involved in this issue – there would be no argument about vaccines causing autism. But the media and pharmaceutical companies want this issue to remain the women’s camp – because who takes us seriously anyway? Our voice is disregarded – and our observations and intuitions about our health and our children’s health is dismissed as being “all in our head.”

In essence, the vaccine issue is part of the reproductive rights issue that I have been discussing. The greatest right of all is to bring healthy children into the world where they will thrive. Why reproduce if you cannot bring a healthy child into the world? You take that right away and you take away the hearts and souls of women.

Don’t even get me started on the HPV vaccine, Gardasil (I have done that on many other blog posts over the years). The HPV vaccine is another marketing ploy aimed to make young girls feel dirty and shamed about carrying the HPV virus that may lead to the development of cervical cancer.  Gardasil alone, should be a feminist issue. But it is not because vaccines are a sacred cow. That cow needs to be taken down now.

And now you know why, as a feminist – I stay involved in the vaccine issue.

Lowly Women’s Work

April 26, 2015

Levi Quackenboss

Have you been watching the political firestorms in California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Washington State this year? Pretty unprecedented, isn’t it?  Almost as if all of these loons we voted to power were just waiting in the wings for 125 cases of Disneyland measles to open the floodgates of erasing parental rights off the books for all eternity.

{And those states are just the ones with bills to remove your exemptions– there are dozens more bills expanding the vaccine schedule, giving dentists and pharmacists broader rights to vaccinate, creating tracking systems and removing your right to opt out, sending home a note to parents if an unvaccinated child is enrolled in school, and forcing teachers and daycare workers to be vaccinated annually– scroll down the NVIC’s list to keep up to date with your state.}

One of my wife’s friends once told us about a conversation with her OB in her sixth month of pregnancy. The doc ordered up the Tdap vaccine and when my wife’s friend turned it down, the OB told her, “I’m going to fight you on that one.”

A female doctor said this to a female patient in total disregard for her rights as a patient and as a woman, and it suddenly hit me why this vaccine fight is such a fight:

The right to determine what goes into your pregnant body or the body of your child is a woman’s right, not a man’s. And as all things “women’s rights” and “women’s work” go, that right is degraded, eroded, and undervalued, and Americans are conditioned by politicians and the media to see it as “less than” the work and the rights of a man.

Yes, you heard me correctly, I said a woman’s right. A mother’s right. Let’s call it like it is because in the vast majority of parenting relationships it’s the mother at the helm of the health and wellness ship. Mothers decide what kind of diet a child eats, what supplements they take, and what vaccines they do or don’t receive. Where are you dads? Step up to the plate. If more of you were the healthcare co-captains this right to parent as one sees fit wouldn’t be debated at all—just like your right for insurance to pick up the tab for your Viagra prescription.

45 years after Women’s Lib the bulk of the child-rearing division of labor still sits squarely on the shoulders of the mother— even if that mother works outside the home full time. A recent survey showed that 45% of fathers in dual-income families do not contribute to caring for their own children at all on an average day.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.