Mandating Vaccines Could Lead To Forced Abortions, 3 Guesses Which News Channel Aired That
If the 24-hour news cycle has taught us anything, it’s that just because you have a mouth, doesn’t mean you need to speak. Fox News — experts at bringing people on screen who have no expertise in the topic at hand whatsoever — has once again given a platform for someone to spew nonsense. This time it’s hedge fund founder Jonathan Hoenig. He’s got a lot to say about vaccinations. Because founding the “Capitalist Pig Hedge Fund” (no, I did not make that up) obviously makes him an expert on the subject.
Hoenig said on a Saturday news show that he absolutely supports vaccinations, but that mandating vaccines puts us all on a slippery slope toward forced abortions. Well, not all of us, since only women can get abortions — but you get his drift:
Vaccines in my opinion should never be forced, never be required even for the so-called public good. Think about where this could lead if government gets involved in science and medicine: forced sterilizations, forced abortion, forced pills, forced treatments — governments job is to protect you from infectious diseases however, so I think if someone is contagious than they should be forcibly quarantined… because they are a risk to the public at large.
So the government’s job is to protect us all, but not by mandating vaccines. Noooo. That would be way to big brother. We need to instead allow the problem to flourish, then just shove everyone into forced quarantine. That’s a sensible solution. Let’s go round up those five infants that became infected at a daycare in Chicago last week and forcibly quarantine them.
He argues that people who become infected are a risk to the public at large, but he thinks it’s way out of bounds to do anything to keep them from becoming infected. This is some disturbing circular logic.
The government’s job is to protect the public safety. It’s why we have laws to begin with. Seatbelt laws, insurance laws, public nuisance laws — they all exist so that the government can keep us safe. Yes, it is the government’s job to stop an infectious disease epidemic. Vaccine requirements exist for a reason. We need to make it impossible for parents to skirt the requirements and put the public health at risk.
The US saw four cases of Ebola last year and went into a total panic. According to the CDC, “from January 1 to January 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles” most from an outbreak that stared at Disneyland — and amusement park that just happens to be located smack in the middle of a region with some of the lowest vaccinations rates in the country. It may be time to panic, people. Fox News isn’t doing the public health any favors by giving people like Hoenig a platform.