Chicken Pox as Child Abuse?

KSDK reports, “Woman’s chicken pox party concerns authorities.”

It’s been a longtime practice among parents who believe in natural immunizations.

Chicken pox parties are popular with families who want their children to catch the disease, rather than be vaccinated.

However, a visit to a Plano mom’s home by Child Protective Services this week has triggered worries within the community that authorities may be prosecuting them as bad parents.

The mom said that CPS knocked on her door because she was hosting a chicken pox party for kids whose parents are opposed to vaccinations.

Is CPS on a crusade for people who don’t believe in chicken pox vaccines? I wouldn’t put it past them, but that may not be the case this time. I suspect that, if CPS is called, they¬†have to investigate a report of “abuse.” And it seems likely that there is a group of people that are willing to use CPS to harass and intimidate parents who don’t believe the chicken pox vaccine is worth it.

Parents who support the practice stated that they are being bullied online by people who report them to the police.

Amanda Witt is among those in the Dallas/Fort Worth area parents who believe that the best way for their kids to stay healthy is to sometimes get sick. “It’s only this generation that’s been conditioned to believe that it is somehow bad,” said Witt.

The mom from Plano moderates a private Facebook page for more than 300 parents who believe that it is safer for children to get the chicken pox than it is for them to be vaccinated against it. She explained, “When one child has chicken pox, we promote playdates throughout.”

Witt can handle the critics, who have their own page mocking her beliefs, but she said that recently they have gone too far.

An overseas Facebook group is devoted to publicly shaming antivaccine parents, Witt stated. They reported one of her friends to CPS in Collin County, who sent a case worker to Witt’s front door. “What is shocking to me about that is there hasn’t been a law broken,” said Witt. “Chicken pox parties are not considered dangerous. They’re not illegal.”

There are a couple of lessons here. One is that CPS can be used to harass people just because someone disapproves of the way they take care of their children. The other is that it may not be wise to internet and advertise what you are doing to the world. You have every right to do so. But if you don’t like the idea of the government spying on you, then why would you give people who hate you access to information about your chicken pox party?

Don’t make the job of troublemakers easier.

Is a chicken pox party abuse? The parents want to give their children natural immunity to the disease so that they can’t get sick as adults when it will be much more serious. That is at least no worse than taking the vaccination with all the warnings on the label and reported adverse reactions.

But the article tries to scare the reader.

But criminal law attorney Pete Schulte explained how a parent could be prosecuted. “If a child is introduced to the chicken pox and becomes seriously ill, or dies, then the parents could face criminal liability out of the penal code,” he said.

Funny. When someone dies from a vaccination, no doctor is criminally prosecuted. Yes, that is rare, but so is death from chicken pox.

[See also, “75 Percent of Children Vaccinated in One Hospital Sicken or Die.”]

But the government (including their court lawyers) are good at spreading fear. Most of us have been trained to believe the government saved many lives by vaccinating us for measles. But watch these scenes from popular TV shows before we were propagandized to comply with vaccines.

Yes, measles used to be dangerous. It is dangerous in some developing countries. But it was not a danger to the American public. I wonder if twenty years from no we’ll be told that chicken pox was deadly.