Originally Posted by kathymuggle
I don't think sitting back and taking it is the answer. I am just not sure what is. Does our infighting help or hurt? I think getting very clear on goals and expectations is the key, and focusing on that.
If you look at history on other subjects where the minority was (insert word here - picked on, oppressed, etc) and the minority becomes vocal, it usually helps the minority point of view.
I don't think the PRO is doing themselves many favors here (as opposed to the anti side) - the PRO side is rallying their base, (again look to other topics in history where this is done) -this is in general, NOT here- and clearly being ANTI and using this form (if you only look at this message board and cast the others out) you see often those who are seeking support to deal with medical professional are being grateful they have support from others that have had to "fight" with medical professionals for their rights - bottom line for me is - one side is being attacked IRL over rights that they have but are so often told they don't have, it's not even a fair fight
back to this thread - I don't see it as negative that the family choose to be public and frankly I see that it will HELP not hurt the anti-vaccine people, especially those on the fence, and those are the ones the PRO side knows they are not winning over, countless surveys (no matter what you pick apart on them) show more and more people are questioning and choosing to delay or not vac and that number is growing not decreasing
It's unfortunate for the family but I don't see the medical community suddenly having some grand epiphany here where some new directive is issued saying people who don't vac should be shown respect, I doubt the family can sue for being up set, I doubt the person who did it will be fired and I doubt much will change even here - the same side that supports medical professionals calling for the end of exemptions will still continue to quote those people, will still say off the debate sections their views on those who don't vac and the perceived consequences they feel their children receive from the other side, and since it doesn't happen on the debate side (and even prior I never saw it either) will we see the PRO side coming out to help a mother who was just kicked out or had an encounter in the ER and lend them support- I think not
IRL - even those and you can add here too if you want, do PRO side make it clear that choices to not vac be supported or encouraged - NO
Edited by serenbat - 11/11/13 at 8:21am