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ortolard
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Grovenshar
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Parents should be held accountable for refusing to vaccinate their child(ren).

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Started: 4/13/2016 Category: Health
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ortolard

Pro

One argument against the incrimination of refusing to vaccinate children is that it{s the parents{ decision. However, if guidelines and laws weren't in place to aid and punish parents who fail to correctly raise their children (if at all), then we'd be a society of even more mentally and physically unhealthy people. Childhood is preparation to becoming a member of society, and it's a parent's moral and legal responsibility to guide their kid through it. This applies to failing to provide medicine on the basis of one's beliefs: if a child becomes ill or dies because of a parent's well-intentioned neglect, said parent is not doing his/her job.
Grovenshar

Con

Parents shouldn't be punished for not vaccinating their children. That is the crux of my debate. Here are the reasons why I believe that.

Reason 1: A Lack of Vaccination is NOT Dangerous
Unlike what my opponent implied in their last speech, a lack of vaccination is only a minor inconvenience, and definitely not lethal. This is, of course, a bit of a generalization. There plenty of deaths that are preventable by vaccines. However, they are largely outside of the U.S. The U.S. has enough infrastructure to be capable of handling children who have these diseases. There have been many damage mitigation factors put in place to avoid any serious issues. One of them is not allowing children to attend school without vaccinations. As for the exempted students, they can be removed from school for a few days if a vaccine preventable disease is present.

Reason 2: People Have A Right to Raise Their Children
Parents have the right to raise their children. It's pretty simple. While the job of the government is to protect the three fundamental rights of humans, in this order, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the right to life isn't being infringed. Therefore, liberty should be the tantamount right in this debate. Holding parents accountable for not making a decision because it MIGHT hurt their child is a huge restriction of liberty.

Reason 3: Vaccines Have Dangers of Their Own
Vaccines, in rare cases (as rare as the ones without vaccines), have actually caused a child to become ill, and even die. The coin has two sides. In addition to this, in about 1% of the time, students who get a vaccine fail to develop an immunity. Guess what. The number of kids in the student body who don't get vaccinations is roughly 1% (on average) [1]. Therefore, it is really an irrelevant point. Either way has its dangers. However, one way doesn't restrict liberty.

Conclusion:
In the case of vaccinations, the government should not be allowed to punish parents for refusing to vaccinate their children. There are few tangible downsides to keeping things in the status quo, whereas there are multiple downsides to punishing parents for not vaccinating their kids. If a government starts restricting the rights of their citizens, with good intention, that government is not doing its job.

Sources:
[1] - http://www.motherjones.com...
[Vaccination Stuff] - http://www.cdc.gov...
Debate Round No. 1
ortolard

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Grovenshar

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ortolard

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Grovenshar

Con

Oh well. I think this constitutes as a victory for me.
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