Here is the thing, though: it does not matter why the pro-vax refuse to study the issue more, it just matters that they refuse. There are many ways to further study an issue. I can think of 3 that been suggested in this thread alone. I get that studies have limitations and cost money - but it is the only way the question : do vaccines contribute to autism at all will be answered.
I have heard several posters say on this thread that there is no point in further studies as non-vaxxers will never accept them anyways. I do not think that is true. I think a large scale, unbiased study (or as close as one can get) would help. Several study like that would help even more. You are correct when you say I might not change my mind - but who really cares? My vax decisions were made a number of years ago. There is generation of parents now and in the future who need information to make decisions, and the studies we have now have numerous issues/flaws in them.
I do get that at some point the scientific community is going to make the call that they have studied the issue enough. Fine. If I do not think they have studied the issue enough (or well enough) I am not going to vaccinate my children. It is that simple. I will take my chances with diptheria (which we all know is not going to happen) over injecting someone with something I think might contribute to autism - thank you very much.
As per the assertion that any money that goes towards proving or disproving an autism/vax connection is money being taken away from autism - that is true - but the money we are talking about could be a tiny percentage of the total cost of autism. TIny.
I am not sure what the pro-vax community wants the non-vax community to do. Vax our children and shut up? (I am certain that is what they want, lol) That is unrealistic. Parents are not going to vax their children if they believe vaxxes may cause more harm than good. Shut up? Also not going to happen - if a parent believes their child was harmed by vaccines, many of them are going to shout it from the rooftops - as they should.
Those who insist that vax cause their childs autism, will never believe any amount of evidence pointing to the contrary. They just won't. They don't have to - but its frustrating that there is so much insistence that vax=autism when thats just not the case the vast majority of the time, and perhaps is never the case.