Robert Kennedy apology for autism holocaust blunder remains problematic

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Anti vaccination campaigner Robert Kennedy Junior has publicly apologised for comparing vaccination of children to the Holocaust in a recent autism speech.

Lawyer, and nephew of assassinated president John F Kennedy is campaigning against a Californian bill which proposes compulsory vaccination of all children against common childhood illnesses such as whooping cough, chicken pox, mumps, measles and rubella.

Whilst addressing a public audience in Sacramento, California last week, he said of Pharmaceutical companies:

“They get the shot, that night they have a fever of 103 [degrees], they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone. This is a Holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”

Days later and he has retracted and apologised for this statement saying:

“I want to apologize to all whom I offended by my use of the word to describe the autism epidemic,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I employed the term during an impromptu speech as I struggled to find an expression to convey the catastrophic tragedy of autism which has now destroyed the lives of over 20 million children and shattered their families.”

David Perry from CNN contacted Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, who wrote,

“Robert Kennedy Jr, who has engaged with autism only to spread lies, misinformation and dehumanizing rhetoric, has never meaningfully engaged in efforts to improve the lives of autistic Americans. While his father, uncle and many others in the Kennedy-Shriver family championed the rights of people with disabilities, he has instead cast his lot with those who use pseudo-science to question our humanity.”

Autism activists were outraged and took to Twitter to complain. Amy Sequenzia another autism activist retweeted Ne’eman,

I don’t think apology means what you think it means,

 

. You owe autistic people a REAL apology. Not apologizing for slapping us with your right hand while slapping again w/ left.

It is certainly not the first time Mr Kennedy Jr has turned heads with his outspoken views on vaccination including his comments in July 2014 regarding Thimerosal and vaccines in relation to the rising number of autistic children diagnosed in the US despite the amount of Scientific weight behind disproving this link.

His most recent interview with Fox News depicts his passion behind these beliefs.

The Senate Bill 227 proposed in California will stop parents from opting out of vaccination for religious reasons, it was drawn after an outbreak of measles in Disneyland last year which affected over 100 of the parks visitors.

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