Rand Paul stuns Senate hearing by saying parents have the right to NOT vaccinate their children

Mail Online | 3/5/2019 | Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com;Associated Press
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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky stunned a Senate hearing room Tuesday by declaring vaccination requirements are at odds with 'liberty.'

Paul, a libertarian who is a close ally of President Trump, spoke during a Senate Health committee hearing intended to highlight the risks to the general population when families don't get their children vaccinated.

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'It is wrong to say that there are no risks to vaccines,' said Paul, a Repubilcan. 'Even the government admits that children are sometimes injured by vaccines,' he continued. 'I still don't favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security.'

The hearing was titled: 'Vaccines Save Lives: What Is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?'

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Paul said that he, his wife, and children all had been vaccinated, and that 'the benefits of most vaccines vastly outweigh the risks.' He said he was not a 'fan of government coercion,' and that sometimes vaccine requirements have 'run amok.'

Paul, an opthamologist, spoke amid a series of measles outbreaks that are endangering children. U.S. government authorities had declared the disease eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, but it has returned.

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The outbreaks are fueled by vaccine skeptics, some of whom get their information online rather than from medical sources.

Vaccine got a rebuke from Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisian, another physician, Politico reported.

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'If you're such a believer in liberty that you should not be vaccinated, there should be consequences if you infect others,' Cassidy told him.

Also at the hearing, an Ohio teen defied his mother's anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18. He told Congress that it's crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents.

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Ethan Lindenberger of Norwalk, Ohio, said his mother's 'love, affection and care is apparent,' but that she was steeped in online conspiracies that make him and his siblings...
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