Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Georgia) stated at a town hall last week that he and his wife had chosen not to vaccinate most of their children, and added that parents should have the choice whether or not to vaccinate their kids.
“I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not," said Rep. Loudermilk (video below), reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
"And so I’m looking at [my] wife, most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy. Of course, home schooling, we didn’t have to get the mandatory immunization," added Rep. Loudermilk.
According to RightWingWatch.org, an attendee asked Rep. Loudermilk if he could possibly hold a hearing as to whether or not the Centers for Disease Control has misled the public about vaccine safety.
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Rep. Loudermilk's spokesperson later said: "The Committees on Energy and Commerce and Government Oversight are already looking into this issue, and we’ve been assured they will continue to investigate the matter fully. We look forward to hearing the findings of both committees.”