One autistic woman is firing back at so-called anti-vaxxers, saying that they were treating her as if she were a “monster” because they thought that autism was a worse fate than dying of measles.
Although a study that purported to link vaccines to autism has long ago been debunked, public figures like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and some Fox News personalities have continued to say that it’s a legitimate fear for parents — even after the Center for Disease Control warned of a measles outbreak in the United States.
In a Facebook post over the weekend, the Insufferable Tolerance Blog noted that the thought process behind blaming autism was “incredibly insulting.”
“This anti-vaxxer was basically saying she would rather expose her child to disease rather than take the risk of having an autistic child (even though autism and vaccination aren’t linked),” the Insufferable Tolerance Blog wrote.
In a comment, Teighlor Raelene Fiddler, who revealed that she was autistic, said that “it never ceases to amaze me how scared anti-vaxxers are of autism.”
“How they have no idea how completely ridiculous and offensive they are being I will never understand,” Fiddler observed. “They rather have dead children than have children like me and that just makes me sad, especially since that fear has absolutely no basis and puts so many lives at risk.”
“I think about my mom and dad saying and doing the things they do and I feel very defeated and worthless. I can’t imagine how the autistic children of anti-vaxxers feel!”
“But, fine. If they want me to be a monster, I’ll be a monster,” she added. “Rawr, anti-vaxxers. Rawr.”
After IfYouOnlyNews.com and others pointed out Fiddler’s comment on Monday, she said that she was “shocked” that so many had been touched by her remarks.
“I’m so glad to see I am not alone in feeling this, and that people both on and off the spectrum are sick of anti-vaxxers using fear mongering about autism (among many other things) as justification for their bad choices,” Fiddler wrote.