Free speech at odds with good public-health policy
The anti-vaccination campaigners, who are hell-bent on ignoring scientific evidence and putting their children (and everyone else) at risk of serious infectious diseases, are funding a billboard in Times Square to oppose the use of vaccinations. The American Academy of Pediatrics, which is about to celebrate National Infant Immunization Week, wants the billboard companies to take the messages down. It's a strange sort of tension: The anti-immunization lot have a right to say what they believe, but that imposes a costly burden on everyone else to respond loudly and frequently to drown out their fraudulent message.
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