Did anyone see Law and Order SVU on Tuesday? It is one of my favorite shows, however this week I have a bone to pick with the NBC giant that encompasses all the Law and Order series'. When the show started I thought it resembled the Casey Anthony case out of Florida. I am always amazed that they can produce an episode so quickly after a national news event. So, I rolled my eyes and settled down to enjoy the writing and Marishka Hargitay.
Here is where the problem begins, the writers at NBC apparently decided they couldn't find the character which resembles Casey Anthony guilty. I guess they felt the need to add more drama to an already complicated case and attack families who choose not to immunize their children. I know this is a sensitive topic, and NBC dealt with it in an original manner by attempting to prosecute the mother who would not immunize her child. My question is this... did the writers come up with this storyboard in a completely original manner or is someone at NBC attempting to toe the goverment line?
Are we really ready as a country to prosecute (persecute... take your pick here) families who will not vaccinate their children? Does it matter why they don't want to vaccinate? Should we require everyone in the U.S. to vaccinate their children, no matter the side effects?
I will admit this hits close to home for me, I have a family member who some would say exhibited some of those side effects closely linked to the MMR vaccine.
I believe NBC did an outstanding job of making me question the need for vaccinations, but I worry about those parents who are quick to blame everyone for occasional issues they may have. This could so easily be compared to the Swine Flu issues right now, are you responsible for other children in a park if you don't know your child is sick when you take them out to play? Just a thought.
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