Fucking anti-vaxxers. There’s irrational science denialism on all corners of the political map.
Well, the problem is that there are a lot of parents who have never seen someone with whooping cough or measles, bu who have seen children with autism, and have concluded that they’d rather put their child and the kids and the elderly and immunocompromised adults they interact with at risk of disease rather that have a child “like that”. Quite a lot of anti-vax fearmongering revolves around dehumanizing people with autism and portraying them as burdens incapable of living full lives, i.e., better off dead. If the ignorance is to be battled effectively, one has to confront the inherent ableism as well as the willful ignorance.