posted by kizer permanente
Well you can’t mandate someone puts food in their body either but you can prosecute parents who don’t put food in their kids body.
In his defense, I can see a nuance between the two.
First, there's a distinction between the two with regard to the forgone conclusion that results:
If you don't put food in a child's body, they will die. The odds are 100%.
If you don't put vaccines in a child's body, the child might be fine, as might all the children around him or her. It's not definitive that the child will die or even experience any detriment whatsoever.
Second, vaccinations are single, one-offs. Feeding is ongoing.
You can't prosecute the parents for not feeding a child until it causes articulable harm. If I send Johnny to bed without dinner because he set the cat on fire, I don't think I can be prosecuted.
As to that second point, I could see a link made based on that idea of harm. Just like with food, maybe parents should be able to be prosecuted if their failure to do so results in harm.