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Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News

The New York Times has published an opinion piece from a pro-vaccine doctor who earns millions of dollars in royalties from the sale of childhood vaccines. The title of the article is: “What Would Jesus Do About Measles?”

According to this medical doctor, Jesus would force everyone to vaccinate their children for the sake of the “greater good.” This pharmaceutical industry insider is calling on all states in the U.S. to remove the religious exemptions for vaccines that currently exist in 48 states.

Could the day come in the United States of America where parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will have their children removed from their home by force and injected with vaccines they do not approve of against their desire?

Yes. Not only could it happen, it already has happened.

Parents in Philadelphia Lost Custody of Their Children Who Were Forced to Receive the Measles Vaccine

In 1991, Philadelphia had a measles outbreak that reportedly infected 1400 people. Nine children reportedly died during this time, and seven of them reportedly were from two “fundamentalist Christian churches” where most members did not vaccinate their children. So during the media frenzy surrounding the measles and the MMR combo vaccine that includes measles, much like we are seeing today over the Disney outbreak in California, public health officials stepped in and convinced a court to allow them to take the children from their parents and force them to be vaccinated:

Public health officials turned to the courts to intervene. First, they got a court order to examine the churches’ children in their homes, then to admit children to the hospital for medical care. Finally, they did something that had never been done before or since: They got a court order to vaccinate children against their parents’ will. Children were briefly made wards of the state, vaccinated and returned to their parents. At the time, a religious exemption to vaccination had been on the books in Pennsylvania for about a decade. [1]

As is the case today, not everyone who came down with the measles in 1991 was unvaccinated. Some of the cases occurred among those fully vaccinated as well. The vaccine is not a 100% guarantee that it will prevent the measles, and there are documented cases showing that the measles vaccine itself can “shed” and cause measles among those fully vaccinated. (See: Dr. Suzanne Humphries, M.D. – Vaccine Strain of Measles Virus Found in Measles Outbreaks.)

In reading the accounts of the 1991 measles outbreak in Philadelphia, much is written about how certain church members did not treat their children after they became infected with the measles. There are also reports of pre-existing health conditions among the children who died.

The opinion piece in the New York Times this week mentions how the ACLU allegedly refused to get involved with the civil rights issue involved in taking children away from their parents and forcing them to become vaccinated. However, the whole story is not reported.

The New York Times itself reported back in 1991 that BOTH city officials and the ACLU complained about the judge’s order which went way beyond even what city health officials had requested. Here is a quote:

But the order, written by Judge Edward Summers on Monday and made public today, went far beyond the scope of the city’s request. The order also requires all families in the Faith Tabernacle Congregation in North Philadelphia to notify the city whenever a child misses three days of school and to have public-health doctors examine preschool children once a month, even after immunization.

The judge also ordered the city to locate all other churches in the city that spurn medical care as an article of faith, but the order was vague on whether the city would have to impose the same reporting requirements on those other churches.

Lawyers for the city, saying they were surprised by the ruling, said they would proceed with the immunizations and would ask the court to reconsider all other provisions of the decision.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania called the extra requirements unconstitutional and said it would appeal to the Federal courts if the Family Court rejected the city’s request to reconsider the extra requirements. [2]

Apparently, this judge took a request from public health officials to look at a few families from two churches who had children with measles, and used that to issue an order that applied to ALL churches in Philadelphia.

Should judges with no medical training be making such broad decisions regarding taking away Constitutionally protected freedoms of religion and privacy, by ordering children be taken away from parents who disagree with doctors, as happened in Philadelphia in 1991?

Should medical professionals with conflicts of interest due to the fact that they profit from the manufacture of vaccines be allowed to impose their beliefs in their products on others who choose not to purchase or use their products?

This is called medical tyranny, and it is already happening in the United States. All across this country, every day, social services and judges are taking action to remove children from their homes and take them away from their parents over disagreements on medical treatments. We have documented just a tiny fraction of these stories at

Dr. Offit’s War on Religion and Vaccine Dissenters

This is not the first time Dr. Offit has used a highly publicized health outbreak to try to further his agenda of removing all vaccine exemptions. Dr. Paul Offit holds a patent on a vaccine he developed with Merck, and has earned millions of dollars in royalties. When Sharyl Attkisson still worked for CBS, she ran a story with then anchor Katie Couric about his massive conflict of interest:

Dr. Offit has gone on record stating that he believes a baby can handle as many as 10,000 vaccines during infancy.


In addition to his repeated calls to end all vaccine exemptions, he has gone on record to state that all information on the risks and dangers of vaccines should be censored from the media, and that journalists who question vaccines should go to “journalism jail.” [3]

Is this man really qualified to answer the question “What would Jesus do about measles?”

See Also:

In Vaccines We Trust? Paul Offit threatens religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions. A response by Suzanne Humphries, MD

Parents Get $800K Over Warrantless Search and Removal of Homeschool Kids Who Were Not Vaccinated



1. What Would Jesus Do About Measles? – PAUL A. OFFIT – New York Times, Feb. 10, 2015

2. Judge Orders Measles Shots in Philadelphia – MICHAEL deCOURCY HINDS – New York Times, March 6, 1991

3.  ‘Journalism Jail’ For Faulty Medical Reporting – Dr. Paul Offit – Forbes, March 19, 2014


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