Scientific Evidence Should Always Be Considered
Dr. Paul Offit, a pediatrician and vaccines expert at the University of Pennsylvania, however, argued, “Using those criteria, you could reasonably make the case that someone should be compensated for developing leukemia after eating a peanut butter sandwich.”
Offit said the courts shouldn’t be trusted to make rulings about scientific evidence.
“It’s very frustrating that they have such a ridiculously low bar for causality,” he said, adding that anti-vaccination supporters have long relied on such court judgments to bolster their campaign against vaccines.
Offit said the court’s decision was concerning and hoped it wouldn’t spur more people to reject vaccines.
“Vaccines save lives and people who choose not to vaccinate their children are putting those children at risk,” he said. “To prove whether one thing causes another has to happen in a scientific venue, and the courts are not a scientific venue.”