Senator Elizabeth Warren was at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing this week. A hearing that was concentrated on the issue of vaccinations, and particularly on those people who still insist, without any scientific evidence, that vaccinations are dangerous.
One of Senator Warren’s main targets at the conference, however, was none other than Senator Rand Paul. A notorious ‘anti-vaxxer’, who has been insisting for a while now that vaccinations can cause mental disorders in children that are given them.
Only last week, Senator Paul said he knew of many cases where previously healthy children had ended up with ‘mental disorders’ simply because they had been given a vaccination.
Elizabeth Warren, therefore, decided to seize on this statement, and went on the attack against Paul, asking Dr. Anne Schuchat, the director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, a number of questions she could only answer with one word. “No”.
In the onslaught, Warren asked if she could produce any scientific evidence for the hearing that vaccinations had caused autism or mental disorders. “No”
Since vaccinations had been introduced, was there any verified scientific data to show autism or auto-immune disorders had risen in children being given them? “No”
If parents chose not to vaccinate their children, was there evidence just eating healthy food and getting the right amount of exercise could combat the diseases these vaccinations had been proven to eradicate? “No”
By the end of the questions session, Senator Rand Paul was probably thankful he had not attended that particularly hearing. Elizabeth Warren? She showed him why he had better not.