Anne Fitten Glenn argues the wrong point in her vaccination article [“Edgy Mama: Why Choosing not to Vaccinate Your Child is a Bad Idea,” Jan. 26 Xpress].
I was recently coerced into having my autistic 7-year-old daughter vaccinated for chickenpox because one of her classmates showed up at school with this dreadful disease. State law (if you can believe it) requires unvaccinated students to stay out of school for two weeks if they are exposed to a disease carrier. So it was either have my kid vaccinated or find daycare for two weeks, as my wife and I both work. I wonder whom the state is trying to protect here. The vaccinated are supposedly protected, and the unvaccinated have accepted the risk. It's just another baby-sitter law — more about control and submission than good conservative governance of a supposedly free society.
I will spare the readers the dramatic descriptions of the unfortunate acute side effects of my daughter's vaccination. I had chickenpox as a kid, and I don't remember it being that bad. I'm disgusted that someone else gets to have a say about what gets introduced into our children's bodies.
I [associate] this type of rule with motorcycle-helmet laws, seat-belt legislation and employee drug-testing policies. I must strap myself to my automobile to drive it down the road my taxes paved? My wife has to allow someone to watch her urinate so she can keep a job? I have to strap a plastic bowl to my head to ride a motorbike? It's embarrassing that we live in a country so “free” that women demand the right to have fetuses vacuumed from their wombs, but I can't enjoy the wind in my hair! It's all one thing: your body, your decision.
Edgy Mama, channel your inner feminist and your inner American revolutionary! Tell everyone, from policeman to POTUS: Keep your filthy laws off my body.
— Normon Plombe