Well, no, not quite

A woman in suburban Detroit has been sent to prison for seven days for failing to vaccinate her nine-year-old son.

Part of the agreement over the divorce was that the son would get vaccinated. She’s being sent to prison for breaching that, not because she didn’t vaccinate.

Judge Karen McDonald, presiding over the court on the outskirts of Detroit, found Ms Bredow, a mother of two, to be in contempt of court.

6 thoughts on “Well, no, not quite”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    It is still pretty outrageous that a Court would make anyone vaccinate her son. She should, I agree, but where is the compelling public need that would jail someone for not doing so?

    I used to think that the fluoride cranks were cranks. But as the world becomes increasingly illiberal and insane, they are looking like the voices of moderation and good sense.

  2. They’re not doing so. There was a previous court agreement, as part of the divorce. Hubby said he wanted vaccination, she agreed. This is contempt of court, nothing else.

  3. In the same way as this story was originally reported, a Boy Scout who pulls an elderly pedestrian from in front of an oncoming bus can be described as the sort of young thug who manhandles old people in the streets.

  4. Note to journalists: prison and jail aren’t the same thing and are not interchangeable. She was sentenced to jail.

  5. Bloke in Costa Rica

    There’s actually a libertarian argument to be made for penalising non-vaccination. Standard Coasean bargaining should work. You either vaccinate your kids (stop your factory from polluting) or pay a fee (compensate those affected by your pollution). Set the fee at a Pigou rate and we’ve internalised the externalities; set it higher and it becomes an instrument of social policy. Either way the incidence of superstitious suburbanites turning their offspring into biological warfare vectors would fall.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset


    I agree with the theory, but what cost do we put on the child that can’t be vaccinated and needs herd immunity?

    I believe in certain States (it’s late, I can’t be bothered looking up which ones) kids that aren’t vaccinated can’t attend public schools. I think that’s fair enoug, as a start.

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