Anti-vaccine doctor Jack Wolfson made waves earlier this week when CNN reported his comments critical of immunization.
It’s somewhat unusual in the established medical community to see someone speak out against the good that vaccines do, but when it happens, it rarely makes national news.
Not the case with Wolfson, and that probably owes more to how he said what he said than it does to his basic belief that parents shouldn’t have to vaccinate children, even if it means other kids could get deathly ill.
Before going any further, here’s the exact wording of the previous interview, which the Inquisitrreported on Monday.
First, the CNN reporter asked him this question.
“Could you live with yourself if your child got another child sick — I mean really sick? Complications, even death? Could you live with yourself?”
Here’s what the anti-vaccine doctor had to say.
“I could live with myself very easily. It’s a very unfortunate thing that people die but unfortunately, people die, and I’m not going to put my child at risk to save another child. I’m not going to sacrifice the well-being of my child. My child is pure. It’s not my responsibility to be protecting their child.”
Needless to say, that soundbite made waves, hitting the front page of Reddit and staying there for more than a day. Most commenters were furious with Wolfson, though he did also have his supporters.
Fast forward five days, and now it appears that Wolfson is done talking. According to an updated report from CNN, the anti-vaccine doctor stopped taking questions and even called the police on their news van.
The news site speculates that Wolfson may have stopped talking because the Arizona Medical Board “has opened against him.”
“Parents following advice like those Wolfson gives are at the core of the U.S. outbreak,” writes Ben Brumfield, adding that “some doctors have advocated that medical licenses be revoked for recommendations like his.”
The AMB confirmed that it had received two complaints against Wolfson, but stopped short of disclosing the nature of those complaints.
Prior to calling the police, Wolfson was cornered outside of his clinic.
“Can we talk about the investigation?” asked CNN’s Kyung Lah.
“I have no comment,” he said.
“Are you changing your opinion about vaccinations?” she asked.
He remained silent.
Regardless of what happens with the complaints submitted against the anti-vaccine doctor, do you agree that medical licenses should be suspended or revoked for beliefs like Wolfson’s? Sound off in our comments section.