In Texas, for example, headlines blare “anti-vaccine” to describe grassroots groups like Texans for Vaccine Choice, emphasizing their tiny ($2,500) political donations to Susanna Dokupil.
Both headline and article completely fail to mention rival Sarah Davis’ potential conflicts of interest: over $144,000 in campaign funds from groups with undeniable connections to the vaccine industry, including $18,500 from pharmaceuticals and health products, $14, 750 from hospitals and nursing homes, $27,000 from health services, AND a whopping $83,932.48 from “health professionals.”
Members of Texans for Vaccine Choice, like vaccine choice groups around the country, are mostly parents of children who had serious reactions to their vaccines; they DID vaccinate their children, with terrible results. Their agenda is to avoid future similar adverse reactions by protecting their right to refuse unwanted vaccines. They fight vaccination status-based discrimination, they educate Texans on their legal right to state-guaranteed vaccine exemptions, and they oppose limitation of that right. No financial profit is involved.