DEAR KRISTEN BELL: Whose "Facts Are Friends"? - Yours or Mine?

This blog was archived from April 18, 2015.

For those who do not know, there is a bill called SB277 that has currently moved forward through three different senate committees here in California. (I encourage you to read this if you haven't before proceeding).

If you haven't heard of it, perhaps you were one of the millions of Californians who were just too swamped with work or it wasn't a sponsored blog on your news feed, or instead of keeping up with the current times you've been Keeping Up With The _______, you get where I am going with this.

The great vaccine debate has been going on for quite some time now. Mostly it's led to mom-shaming. There has been entirely too much labeling done as well and it's leading nowhere. Let's get one thing straight. Most of us "anti-vaxxers" ARE IN FACT:

  • Pro-Child

  • Pro Family

  • Pro-Community

  • Pro-Freedom

  • Pro-Critical Thinking

  • Pro-Research

  • Pro-Science (yes, you read that correctly.)

  • Pro-Honesty

  • Pro Government Transparency

  • Pro Pharmaceutical Company Accountability

  • Pro-Safety

As I am sure most "Pro-Vaxxers" are. So let's cut it with the "anti-this" and "pro-that." We are all so much more than that label. This bill is NOT about arguing the science of vaccines, DON'T BE FOOLED. It is about YOUR RIGHTS being stripped away as a parent, and no longer being able to CHOOSE what enters your child's blood steam. This bill passing means that doctors will no longer be required to tell you what's in the syringe. So, once again, to be clear... THIS BILL IS NOT WHETHER VACCINES ARE GOOD FOR YOU OR NOT, IT IS ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS AS A PARENT!

Since there are bills like this in the works that could completely remove those rights, you are starting to see so many more sponsored posts about vaccines and why they are good for you. Heck, even Jimmy Kimmel had to post up a video with doctors pretty much calling any parent who questions, an idiot. Then there are articles like this one from the actress Kristen Bell. A woman who prides herself in organic living/eating, who is completely pro-vaccinations. She wrote a very compelling article I must say, but there are always two sides to something. I want those mothers who are still against vaccines to not be afraid to stand up for what you believe in, and for the research that you have done and continue to do. We are not all a bunch of Jenny MaCarthy followers. I even had to Google what she has to do with this craze since her name kept getting dropped. Sorry, but with a dramatic INCREASE in vaccinations, you have every right to question who/what/when/where/why and HOW. Especially when they are not 100% effective. Your vaccinated child can still catch the very disease you think you're protecting them from. I turned to a great friend and writer, Naomi Goodale, (founder of Milky Momma) who is in the same boat as myself, and countless other parents out there who make up the "silent majority". People who do feel a certain way and are feeling more and more attacked daily by how they choose to raise their own children. Something that NO ONE should have say over. I want to share with you a perfect response to such a memo from a Hollywood actress. I am beyond tired of being name-called and treated like I sit back and just jump on this bandwagon of mothers who out of nowhere won't vaccinate. When in fact I am up to my ears daily in research! Without sounding like a broken record, below is a rebuttal to the letter that is currently circulating the interweb.

Without further ado, Naomi.

Dear Kristen Bell: Whose “Facts are Friends”—yours or mine?

I want to start by saying thank you for your own version of concluded friendly “facts” on the issue, but more so for the lovely, adorable, talented actress that you are. As a matter of fact—no pun intended— I was just watching “When in Rome” when a friend emailed me this blog pleading with me to write a response as I thought to myself, “now what are the odds of that?”

So who am I? Well, aside from a minor stint in reality TV in which my fifteen minutes couldn’t have ended soon enough, I am just your average So Cal, organic-lover, beach side, Life-living, devoted wife, and baby-crazed mom. Writer, blogger, music-lover, yes. Famous, no. I don’t have any celebrity power to sway fans. I don’t have some grand platform to stand on by the power of my name alone.