Kat Von D Isn’t Planning On Vaccinating Her Child – Here’s Why It’s Extra Controversial

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It’s been an exciting year for LA Ink star and beauty mogul Kat Von D. Not only did she get married, she is also expecting her first child with her now husband Leafar Seyer right after unveiling an epic eyebrow collection under her eponymous brand Kat Von D Beauty. That said, the unapologetic mother-to-be has stirred up major controversy just days ago.

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I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Some good and some questionable – unsolicited none the less. I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan. And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you – try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations. My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices – actual research and educating myself will – which i am diligently doing. This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about – whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband. But if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on. So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself. More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X

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Kat Von D recently revealed that her pans on having “a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula” and that she “has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations.” Evidently, that spurred major backlash from concerned fans and supporters, as well as her own father who “flipped-out” on her decision.

The question is.. What exactly does being anti-vaccination mean and why is it such a disputed issue? Most babies and children go through routine immunisations to gradually build up their body’s immunity system to protect them against vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, tetanus,  hepatitis B and so on.

Though it has long been a customary practice for many parents, the rise of autism rates in young children have left desperate parents scrambling to pinpoint the cause. The unfortunate result? Many of them are convinced that vaccines are to blame, and thus began the campaigning against widespread vaccination.

While autism is only one of the many grounds for off-grid parents to curb vaccination completely, various health experts and doctors are warning against the risks and dangers these anti-vaxxers are posing, not only for their own children but for the entire community.

Not only are these unvaccinated children at greater risk of vaccine-preventable diseases, a majority of a population has to be immune to an infection in order to impede the chains of infection affecting said population. In other words, these diseases may spread like wildfire in daycares, kindergartens and schools as well as higher education institutions.

It could easily be a matter of life or death for them, especially those who are born weaker to begin with – and you or your child could very well be the one who kickstarts an epidemic. Yes, it is every parent’s right to decide how they want to raise their children, but this isn’t about discipline we’re discussing. It’s about their wellbeing.

Whether you decide to go all-natural or choose vaccinations, we urge all parents to come to a decision rationally and be well-informed or updated on the latest findings about vaccination. Getting vaccinated can save lives and prevent deaths. Don’t be disillusioned and let the side effects outweigh the long-term benefits of vaccination before it is far too late.

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Carmen Chong
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