May 9th, 2011
Four Families of Vaccine-Injured Children with Autism Compensated by the Federal Government Speak Out - Press Conference Tuesday, May 10th at noon EDT. Watch it here.
For over 20 years, the federal government has publicly denied a vaccine-autism link, while at the same time its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has been awarding damages for vaccine injury to children with brain damage, seizures and autism. A new investigation, based on public, verifiable government data, breaks ground in the controversial vaccine-autism debate. The investigation found that a substantial number of children compensated for vaccine injury also have autism. The government has asserted that it "does not track" autism among the vaccine-injured. SafeMinds responds that not looking is the easiest way to not find something.
Based on this preliminary investigation, the evidence suggests that autism is at least three times more prevalent among vaccine-injured children than among children in the general population. The federal government has called autism a "national health emergency," conservatively affecting 1 in 110 children and costing the country billions of dollars each year. If a portion of autism cases are vaccine-induced and there is evidence that officials have been "looking the other way", this cannot be tolerated. SafeMinds, and the families of the vaccine-injured, call on Congress to investigate the VICP, the only forum in which parents may bring claims of vaccine injury on behalf of their children. Its recent attempt to dismiss the over 5000 cases in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings is suspect in light of these new findings based on its own records.
Directors of the Elizabeth Birth Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA), along with parents and four vaccine-injured children from the study will hold a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (717 Madison Place, NW in Washington, DC) on Tuesday, May 10 at 12:00 PM to discuss details of the investigation.