Over at WikiHow, a website that offers user-provided instructions on how to do just about anything you can imagine, like playing chess, being a leader, making edible glitter, keeping your pipes from freezing, or making critical decisions about your healthcare as a minor without the consent or knowledge of your parents.
If that last one sounded a little bit out of place, congratulations! You’re a sane human being.
An instructional article teaching children “3 Ways to Get Vaccinated Without Parental Consent” on the site recently went viral, having been read over 87,000 times. In the article, the anonymous authors guide children of any age through making plans, getting the shots, and handling “any aftermath.”
Wait a second, I thought we weren’t supposed to make medical decisions based on articles we find online? Or is that only when the decision doesn’t align with medical community dogma? Must be.
“There’s a lot of misinformation about vaccines online, and sometimes well-meaning parents fall into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories and made-up ‘facts,'” the article condescendingly begins. “While they often intend to protect their children, not vaccinating has the opposite effect, and leaves kids more vulnerable to dangerous and even deadly diseases.”
The introduction continues, giving a casual reminder that vaccination, like any medical procedure, carry certain risks and “receiving vaccine[s] without your parents’ or guardians’ knowledge will make it more difficult for them to help you in the unlikely event of a problem.”
To start the process of receiving vaccines without parental consent or any regard whatsoever for a parent’s reasoning for refusing or delaying vaccination, the article apprises children of some of their options, which include:
Get vaccinated in secret (if your local laws allow it). Run the risk of your family finding out.
Try asking for your family to let you be vaccinated. You may be able to convince them.
Try asking your doctor, your school nurse, or another responsible adult to help convince your family.
Petition the court for emancipation if your parents are really bad.
Wait until you’re 18 if you think that your parents would severely punish or abuse you if they learned that you disobeyed them.
“Petition the court for emancipation if your parents are really bad”?? How in the world did anyone think it’s a good idea to introduce such a thought into the head of a child? By what metrics is a child supposed to determine that their parents are “really bad”? Vaccine refusal alone? Should parents lose their children for refusing to vaccinate? This is insane!!
For its part, the article does encourage children early on to attempt to discuss the issue with their parents, offering starter questions like:
“Why did you choose not to vaccinate me? Were you afraid something bad would happen if you did?”
“I’ve read about what shingles can do to the body. I’m scared. I don’t want that to happen to me.”
“I’ve found some research on vaccine safety. May I show it to you?”
“I understand that people are saying a lot of scary things, and that it can be hard to figure out what’s true and what isn’t true. I know it must be difficult for you.”
“What could I do to show you how much this means to me?”
Any good the article may do in encouraging a dialogue between parents and children is quickly undone by the rest of the article, which proceeds to instruct children to lie to their parents, secretly copy their medical records, and enlisting the help of school nurses and counselors to follow through with getting shots if your parents do not agree. The article even suggests visiting a “reproductive health center” to see if any staff there can vaccinate you.
The article continues, instructing children on what to do when their secret vaccination appointment finally comes:
You can say that you’re going out, and not specify where. You can also tell a white lie, like saying that you are visiting a friend to study or hang out. You’re allowed to tell lies to protect your health and safety, and getting vaccinated is one of those cases.
- If you plan to say that you were with a friend, contact that friend and their family. Explain that you are actually going to get vaccinated, and ask them to cover for you. You can even decide on a cover story (like “we watched the new romantic comedy” or “we studied for the upcoming history test”).
- If your parents are distrustful, prepare your cover story especially well. Try actually doing your cover story activity on a different day, and even taking a selfie doing that thing with your friend. This way, you’ll have “evidence” of doing it, and can answer questions if they quiz you.
This is utterly sickening.
Random strangers on the internet who believe they know better for children than their own parents are everywhere, and it isn’t just vaccination they coax children into. As we’ve previously reported, Teen Vogue proudly gave its young readers thorough advice on how to secure an abortion without parental knowledge or consent.
Unsurprisingly, WikiHow has a similar article for teens, which uses the site’s trademark cartoonish imagery to teach kids all about killing their own children:
Whether you vaccinate or not, the decision is yours, not anyone else’s. Guard your precious children against these influences, and do not neglect to train them up!!
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