Why can’t more Democrats be like Elizabeth Warren? She’s smart, she’s fearless, and she’s beholden to no special interests. This past Tuesday, in a committee hearing, Warren set her sights on the anti-vaxxer crowd, and in about two minutes of questioning Dr. Anne Schuchat, from the Centers for Disease Control, she shot down virtually every argument presented against vaccinating children.
The questions came during a meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Also a member of the committee is Rand Paul, who has been throwing bones to the anti-vaxxer crowd. Paul recently said that vaccinations should be voluntary, under the claim of “freedom.” He also made this statement:
I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.
Paul was absent from Tuesday’s hearing, because he was attending another committee hearing that was taking place at the same time. It’s too bad, because he might have learned something.
Warren starts off with a statement, saying that older Americans remember a world with diseases such as polio, and smallpox. She says that the vaccines for those diseases “worked so well that the memory of these diseases has faded.” She observes that while 80 percent of older Americans think that vaccines should be mandatory, only 59 percent of those under 30 agree.
“I just want to walk through the science on this with you,” she says to Dr. Schuchat, who she identifies as the “top vaccination official in the United States.”
“Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism?” Warren asks.
“No,” Schuchat replies.
Then, taking her words directly from Rand Paul’s statement, Warren asks, “Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause profound mental disorders?”
“No, but some of the diseases we vaccinate against can,” Schuchat says.
Science wins the day, again!
Hear all of Warren’s opening comment, and her brilliant series of questions, in this video, via YouTube:
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