The following section, “VACCINE CULTURE WAR MYTH NUMBER 5,” is excerpted from “The Vaccine Culture War in America: Are You Ready?” by Barbara Loe Fisher. Please read the entire article here:
VACCINE CULTURE WAR MYTH NUMBER 5:
Based on hedonism 184 and a mathematical equation, this philosophy is called utilitarianism 185186and comes from the word “utility.” 187 The utilitarian rationale was created as a guide for legislators making public policy by an 18thcentury British social reformer Jeremy Bentham, 188189 whose mummified head is being preserved by the University College London, where a wax version is on public display. 190 In 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court used Bentham’s utilitarian rationale to rule in Jacobsen v. Massachusetts that state legislatures had the power to enact mandatory smallpox vaccination laws. 191
American Eugenicists, U.S. Supreme Court Embraces Utilitarianism
American eugenicists and social reformers embraced utilitarianism in the early 20th century. 192193 They argued that government has the legal right to discriminate against a minority of citizens judged to be genetically defective or a threat to the health and welfare of society. In 1923, U.S. Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendall Holmes 194 gave the green light to the state of Virginia to forcibly sterilize a young woman, Carrie Buck, because doctors judged her to be mentally retarded just like her daughter and mother.
Coldly, Holmes proclaimed: “three generations of imbeciles are enough” and said “The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the fallopian tubes.” 195
It turns out Carrie Buck was not mentally retarded and neither was her daughter or mother. 196
Utilitarianism Pseudo-Ethic In Its Most Extreme Form
Doctors and public health officials in the Third Reich implemented utilitarianism in its most extreme form to justify conducting horrific scientific experiments on captive people. 197198 The Nuremberg Tribunal justices presiding over The Doctors Trial after World War II declared utilitarianism to be a pseudo ethic. They issued the Nuremberg Code outlining the informed consent principle, 199200 which has guided research on humans and the ethical practice of medicine ever since. 201202203
Forced Vaccination Laws Sacrifice the Genetically Vulnerable
The Institute of Medicine has confirmed that some individuals have known and unknown genetic risk factors that make them more susceptible to vaccine injury and death. 204 This means forced vaccination laws that fail to include flexible medical and non-medical exemptions become a utilitarian, de facto selection of the genetically vulnerable for sacrifice. 205
Is America really going to walk down that road? Are we going to punish citizens for the genes they were born with in the name of the public health?
Are we going to slide down the slippery slope of utilitarianism and ignore the profound ethical and legal questions that remain: Who gets to decide what protects the public health? Which individuals should be sacrificed? And how many is too many?