Earth Not Flat After All
February 15, 2009 4:51 PM Subscribe
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing (244 comments total)
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After ten years of legal battles, three federal judges rejected the theory that the MMR vaccine causes autism
. "Petitioners' theories of causation were speculative and unpersuasive," wrote Special Master Denise Vowell in the case of Colten Snyder v. HHS
. "To conclude that Colten's condition was the result of his MMR vaccine, an objective observer would have to emulate Lewis Carroll's White Queen and be able to believe six impossible (or at least highly improbable) things before breakfast."
Last January, Alison Singer, the executive vice president of communications and awareness at Autism Speaks, quit her job over her frustration that too much attention was being placed on vaccine studies, saying in part, "The question has been asked and answered and it's time to move on," she told Newsweek last month. "We need to be able to say, 'Yes, we are now satisfied that the earth is round.
' " A poll taken the previous fall showed among other results that "Nineteen percent of the respondents agreed with the statement 'Autism is caused by a preservative once found in childhood vaccines.'"