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The Autism Action Network is steaming mad at Bill Gates

Posted Feb 13 2011 12:15pm

I’m calling on readers to join an action alert by A-Champ (now the Autism Action Network). Well, “join”. You see, they are really mad at Bill Gates for calling out Andrew Wakefield in an interview on CNN. They want people to use a link to send a message to Mr. Gates. Well, the thing is, you get to send the message you want to send.

Here’s the backstory. Sanjay Gupta asked Mr. Gates about the recent press coverage of vaccines, specifically the autism question and Andrew Wakefield:

Gupta: There has been a lot of scrutiny of vaccines recently—specifically childhood vaccines. There has been a lot of news about is there a connection with autism, for example. What do you make of all that? Dr. [Andrew] Wakefield wrote a paper about this [in The Lancet in 1998] saying he thought there was a connection. And there were lower vaccination rates over a period of time as a result in Britain, then the United States. What are your thoughts?

Gates: Well, Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a fake paper, the journal allowed it to run. All the other studies were done, showed no connection whatsoever again and again and again. So it’s an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn’t have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts—you know, they, they kill children. It’s a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important

A-Champ, now the “autism action network” reworked this and focused Mr. Gates comment on themselves:

“We think Bill Gates should clarify who he thinks is killing children when he referring[sic] to parents who think vaccine injury may have caused their child’s autism.”

They provide a link to a site where you an send Bill Gates an email: http://capwiz.com/a-champ/utr/1/NRIKOOVHZR/CVCJOOVIIG/6429002946

The recommended message is:

Dear Mr. Gates,

I watched you on the Sanjay Gupta, MD program and was stuck by your description of people who question vaccine safety and the possible role of vaccines in causing autism as “baby killers.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has, as one of its stated goals, improving vaccine safety. How is that different from the goal of the vaccine safety advocates you described as “baby killers?”

There is no question that vaccines injure and kill a portion of the people who get vaccines. This is an undisputed fact. And there is no question that vaccines can be made and administered with greater safety. But your comments only serve to end rational and meaningful discussion of vaccine policy.

I ask you to clarify who exactly who you are describing as “baby killers.” And to apologize to those people who have been injured or killed by vaccines and their families.

Sincerely,

Of course, you can delete this and add whatever your own message is. You can even change the subject line (probably a good idea if you want to have any chance of being read). Nothing keeps you from telling Bill Gates (or, more likely, his screener) that you disagree with groups like A-Champ.

A-Champ asked in their call “Please forward this message to friends and family and please post it to Facebook and other social networks.”

Glad to help.

  1. Emily Willingham:
    Sent my letter of gratitude to Gates. That was great.
  2. Harold L Doherty:
    Do you agree with Bill Gates, as reported on TIME/CNN that"People who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts — you know, they...kill children." ?? Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2011/02/08/bill-gates-chats-with-cnns-sanjay-gupta-about-the-vaccines-autism-myth/#ixzz1DrPzx0aX If so: 1) Who are these "people"? 2) Does asking questions about vaccine safety, vaccine effects constitute "anti-vaccine efforts"? 3) On what data, research, studies and sources have YOU concluded that questioning vaccine safety has killed children? 4) Should free speech be abolished in order to promote increased vaccination compliance? 5) Do you recommend criminal charges be commenced against all those asking questions about vaccine safety? Just asking.
  3. AWOL:
    Gates must be one scared insecure person to kill on the scale he is killing with his untested vaccines.. "When the Government Fears the People, There is Liberty; When the People Fear the Government, There is Tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson
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  5. Dave Seidel:
    Thank you for using A-CHAMP Mail System. Message sent to the following recipients: Mr. Gates Bill Gates Message text follows: Dave Seidel 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis, TN 38116-4106 February 13, 2011 [recipient address was inserted here] Dear [recipient name was inserted here], Dear Mr. Gates, Thanks for being frank about the dangerous ignorance of the anti-vaccine crowd. Their intransigent and misguided foolishness endangers us all. Thanks as well for the good work that your foundation has been doing for years (and hopefully for many more). Sincerely, Dave Seidel

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