An anti-vaccine group is suggesting that vaccinating your child might make them gay. "We know this is on some people's minds" they claim.
A group that opposes vaccinating children recently took to Facebook and suggested it's possible that vaccines can make children gay.
"For the readers who have asked this question," the vactruth.com Facebook post began. "Do you think vaccinating a child with vaccines, that are made up of endocrine disrupting chemicals, can affect the outcome of a person's sexuality?"
"Homosexuality is found in nature in other species and has occurred in populations long before the advent of vaccines. Some believe vaccines affect sexuality and some don't. It is known that vaccines do disrupt hormonal function and can cause fertility and thyroid problems, so this is a legitimate question some people want to learn more about."
Not all questions, actually, are legitimate.
The post points to a website that cites the 2000 book Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate, written by professors at two extreme religious right wing schools, Regent University and Wheaton College.
The Facebook post added, "Many people are afraid to bring this topic up and write about it. We know this is on some people's minds, so please respectfully share your experience."
In the comments, vactruth.com claimed, "There are quite a number of people asking this question."
Vactruth.com was started by Jeffry John Aufderheide, a retired "rescue swimmer in the United States Navy," according to its website. Aufderheide does not appear to have any medical licenses or education, but the website says that "In 2001 his first son, Brandon, was born. Twenty one vaccines later, his son stopped reaching his developmental milestones."
Anti-vaxxers are to blame for outbreaks of diseases that were long believed to be eradicated or well-controlled in the U.S. The movement began after one physician, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, published a study that later was found to be based on faulty data, and "investigations have shown that Wakefield was set to benefit from lawsuits based on his research. The study was retracted after numerous other scientists could not replicate his findings."