Not that it makes it okay, but the woman in that show wasn't convicted. They said the jury thought she should have vaccinated her child but didn't think the gov't had the right to force it on her. And the disease? It was fricken measles. The chances of dying from measles is so slim anyway. I almost didn't want the episode bc I really can't stand Hillary Duff but I did anyway. After that, I wrote a very long and nasty email to NBC about how I didn't feel it was appropriate to use the show to push their personal agenda. I have always loved law and order. It was my favourite show and the only show I ever watched on TV, with the exception of the news and sportscenter. But I have lost respect for the show and no longer watch it. It's quite sad.
What really bothered me is that woman on the show was saying how she was being harassed by her neighbors and the cops were being called all the time on her bc of how she chooses to raise her family. I'd like to know how people even knew she wasn't vaccinating and why people cared that much? It's stupid.
But remember ... Law and Order tends to take all their stories from news headlines. If you noticed (and I'm assuming you didn't bc you didn't watch it) the first half of the show was basically a theatrical version of the Casey Anthony case. (Baby reported missing, grandma said car smelled like a dead body, baby was with nanny who didnt exist, mom was out partying the days after baby died and posted the pictures on her "facespace", baby found in a hole in the ground, etc) I wonder if they were going off the cases where parents are prosecuted for murder bc they don't believe in any conventional medicines and their child died.
And ya know what else? After that, my mother started in again on the vaccines, about how that is exactly why I need to get my daughter vaccinated. She actually brought up her aunt, who died in 1959 of breast cancer, before my mother was even born! "Well you know Aunt Molly had polio as a child. That's why you should get Mae vaccinated, at least for polio." .. umm .. WHAT?!?! I need to vaccinate my daughter against polio because her great grandmother's sister had it? Exactly how much sense does that make?