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Letter: Foisy Mills misunderstands nature of her freedoms

Stephanie Foisy Mills describes criticism of her position against vaccination – a position that goes against the scientific and medical consensus and has no facts behind it – as a danger to freedoms (“Vaccines raise many questions; parents shouldn’t be bullied,” Monitor Opinion page, Aug. 13). She even uses the term “bullying” to describe attempts to convince parents to vaccinate.

Mills misunderstands the nature of the freedoms provided her under the system. Within the limits of the law, she has the freedom to make medical choices and the freedom to speak about these choices openly. She does not, however, have the freedom or right not to be criticized when she promotes a choice that goes against the evidence and that can put children at risk. There the freedom in question is the freedom of speech of her critics to say why and how her choice is wrong. Attempting to silence these critics by trying to present their behavior as infringing on her freedom is problematic.

DORIT REISS

Fremont

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