Not tak­ing shots at an­ti­vax­ers

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re “Much in com­mon, but worlds apart,” Column, June 5

Robin Ab­car­ian’s meet­ing with three an­ti­science ac­tivists who op­pose a bill that­would elim­i­nate the per­sonal-be­lief vac­ci­na­tion ex­emp­tion for chil­dren who at­tend pub­lic schools will surely go dow­nas among the most gen­er­ous, re­strained, pa­tient and kind en­gage­ments with some­one’s po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion.

Spar­ing them the fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment of hav­ing to de­fend in­ex­pli­ca­ble po­si­tions, she re­views in­stead the facts of vac­ci­na­tion and its health pol­icy suc­cesses, gen­tly ex­tri­cat­ing the “health choice” lobby fro­many rea­son­able dis­course.

Thanks for this va­ri­ety of rhetorical in­oc­u­la­tion— against ig­no­rance and solip­sism.

An­drew Tonkovich Mod­jeska Canyon,

Calif.

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