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Republicans Could Lose Substantial Gains with Stance on Measles

After finally taking back both houses of the legislative branch there were hopes by many on the right of brighter days ahead of them especially as the country heads into the Presidential election in 2016. However, with the recent stances taken by some prominent members of the political party on supporting parents’ choice against not vaccinating children it appears they are not only going science but the popular opinion around the country. This is leaving some that do not identify with either political party to sway away from the GOP and more towards the democrats. The science behind these statements originated in Great Britain by a doctor Andrew Wakefield who claimed the modern day vaccine for Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR) can be linked to a rise in autism in children. However, with research by a number of independent studies this was proven false. Wakefield was stricken of his ability to practice and research medicine and considered a fraud in the field of study.

So, according to prnewswire.com,  when Governor Christie and Senator Paul get on television claiming to have seen results first hand, and supporting the parents’ choice it leaves many to wonder about their decision making ability when they are refusing to follow the proven science. However, this is not the first time the Republican Party has been accused of not listening to science as they are consistently refusing to combat global warming and climate changes due to industrial pollution.

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