(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — You can add Rob Schneider to the list of celebrities speaking out against childhood vaccinations. The former Saturday Night Live star was among those attending a hearing last week on California bill AB2109. The bill, if passed, would require parents who decide not to vaccinate their kids to provide a signed statement from a doctor or qualified healthcare professional certifying that mom and/or dad were informed of the risks and benefits of childhood vaccination.
Speaking at the hearing to ABC News affiliate KXTV in Sacramento, Schneider — who noted that his wife is pregnant — declared that mandating informed consent to opt out of childhood vaccinations is “illegal. You can’t make people do procedures that they don’t want. The parents have to be the ones who make the decisions for what’s best for our kids. It can’t be the government saying that.”
Schneider went on to say that AB2109 was against the “Nuremberg Laws.” The Nuremberg Laws were antisemitic laws passed in Nazi Germany that paved the way for the Holocaust. Schneider may have meant to say the Nuremberg Code, a set of post-WWII principles governing human experimentation. The first principle is, ironically, informed consent.
Schneider also alleged that there’s a link between childhood vaccinations and the rise in autism, as have others including fellow celebrity Jenny McCarthy. “The toxicity of these things — we’re having more and more side effects. We’re having more and more autism,” declares Schneider. Any link between childhood immunizations and autism has been repeatedly discredited.
Schneider further says most children today are required to get some 70 vaccines, and declares, “The efficacy of these shots have not been proven.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children by the age of two receive 28 total doses of vaccine to be protected against 15 potentially fatal diseases, including polio, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria and measles.
As it stands now, non-immunized kids in California can attend public school if their parents obtain a personal exemption, meaning they object to immunizations for religious or other philosophical reasons.
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Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Newswire
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