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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 21, 2017 1:00 am

Lawmaker perpetuates discredited link

State Rep. Bruce Borders of Jasonville holds a seat in the supermajority caucus. That does not mean he shares all the views of his Republican colleagues. More importantly, not all of his colleagues share his views. For that, the people of Indiana can be truly thankful.

Borders used the recent final legislative forum in Terre Haute to spout the troubling and widely discredited view that vaccinations cause autism in young people.

He and his legislative colleagues had been asked about pending legislation designed to prevent cervical cancer. But Borders veered off topic to cite a recent documentary that alleged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covered up a purported link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Public health officials all over the planet continue to fight these pervasive myths, but it is a great disservice when an elected official repeats and supports the baseless autism-vaccine link.

We encourage Borders to suspend his irrational fears and listen to facts and reason. If he refuses to do so, then we implore his constituents to ignore his rantings and make sure they do what's right, not only for their families, but for society.

– The (Terre Haute)Tribune-Star