Anti-Vaccine Advocates Appointed To Minnesota Autism Council

Minnesota officials are experiencing backlash after appointing “anti-vaccine advocates” to a state council on autism.

The MN Autism Council, formed by State senator Jim Abeler, aims to address issues involving “treatment, educational options, employment opportunities, independent living, and more.” Minnesota’s autism rate is 1 in 42, which is below the standard national rate of one 1 in 59.

minnesota vaccinesThe council does not have any public agenda points regarding vaccines, however, some of the council’s appointees are said to question vaccine safety. Of the 30 total members, two are rumored to be vaccine skeptics.

One member, Wayne Rohde, also heads up the Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota.

Rhode told the star tribune, “We’re not about causation within the council. The council is all about how to deal and help those who are afflicted, and their families and those who provide services,” he said.

Some other council members are angry by the two members who question vaccines.

“Even if it’s not something that’s discussed or that a policy is going to come out of, giving them this large contingency on this council is dangerous. It’s giving credence to a theory that’s false,” council member Noah McCourt told the Star Tribune.

How “two members” are a “large contingency” remains unclear.

Much of the furious rhetoric and debate is fueled by a 2017 measles “outbreak.”


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1 Comment on "Anti-Vaccine Advocates Appointed To Minnesota Autism Council"

  1. There is most certainly a correlation between vaccines and autism.

    Monkeys Brain Damaged after U.S Vaccine Schedule

    After decades of never testing the combined schedules – Dr. Laura Hewitson and a team of doctors from University of Pittsburgh tested the schedule on monkeys and found they were brain damaged as a result of having the same vaccines that babies get on the U.S schedule:

    Findings released today showed that infant monkeys given vaccines officially recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exhibited autism-like symptoms. Lead investigator Laura Hewitson of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues presented study results at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in London. Safety studies of medicines are typically conducted in monkeys prior to use in humans, yet such basic research on the current childhood vaccination regimen has never before been done.

    The abstracts presented at IMFAR, the world’s top autism science conference, describe biological changes and altered behavior in vaccinated macaques that are similar to those observed in children with autism. Unvaccinated animals showed no such adverse outcomes. The vaccines given were those recommended for U.S. infants in the 1990s, including several with the mercury preservative thimerosal and the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine. Rates of autism spectrum disorder among children born in the 1990s surged dramatically, from about 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 150 children.

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