You will find more of what you are looking for in the main forum, sel/del forum, or starting vax research forum.
I see that, and I understand the need for a safe place to have that conversation. I'm also not defending LucyLoretta. I'm just concerned about the second part of the mission statement, about serving as a forum for people who want to explore the decision about whether or not to vaccinate. This is not a place for people to do that if it only preserves a single narrow category of opinion.
I'm terrified that I will surround myself with only one opinion and end up making the wrong choice for my child. There's probably a better place for me to go, but I felt like I should speak up. I would appreciate any recommendations for a place that would better serve my needs. Thanks in advance!
ETA oops posted at same time. I see PP said the same thing!
I understand asking for people to be respectful and non-judgmental, but if we ask people to stay silent if they disagree we are just making sure that we only listen to ideas that agree with their own, even if different ideas might help us better protect our children.
I'm trying to make the best decision I can and sort through all of the information and misinformation out there, and I really need there to be a place where I can hear information from all sides. For my sake and the sake of all confused parents out there, please don't silence ANY opinion on this subject, and let us make up our own minds.
I don't think anybody disagrees with you. It is a matter of where it is appropraite to enagage in such debates. The IM NOT VACCINATING forum is not the place to do this. There is a general vaccination forum to serve this need.
There are several vax forums. Everything from thos very new to the vaccine discussion to those who have made decisions and wish to discuss them. This forum is for those who have already made the decision to not vax, however, new folks reading may have questions on occasion and are free to ask them here. After all, you guys are well-informed and they might have questions about what they are reading, and it is always far better to ask the source than speculate. :) That being said, those with a pro-vax agenda, or who have made the decision to vaccinate and are just here to argue, should move along to one of the other vax forums that fits their discussion better.
I think it behooves us all to be welcoming to new folks with genuine questions.
SmallBlondOne: I think you should read as many different sides of the issue as possible. Don't look to one single forum to make your mind up for you. Research everything--don't accept anything at face value.
You will find lots of totally conflicting info out there. Research it all.
If one side says. "there's no money to be made in vaccines,the pharmaceutical industry provides them to third-world countries for dirt-cheap," and the other side posts proof that vaccines are a multi-billion dollar industry--research the truth on both sides and draw your own conclusions.