Jessica Biel has never publicly said she’s against vaccinations, but fans are now worried because she met with CA lawmakers alongside Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who once compared the vaccination program to ‘the Holocaust.’
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., 65, announced that he had a “busy and productive day” at the California State House with Jessica Biel, 37, on June 11, and fans are now assuming the worst. In a series of nine photos together, Robert F. Kenney’s nephew gave a peak at his day with the 7th Heaven actress as they met with California lawmakers like Autumn Burke, who voted “no” on the 2015 bill SB277, which toughened vaccination laws. The new state bill would require the State Department of Public Health to approve every medical exemption form written by a physician, as the existing law currently allows children to skip out on immunizations with a written statement from their physician — AKA, it would be much harder to flake on vaccination day with a paper slip. Twitter was horrified to see Jessica working against the stricter rules, and so they resorted to labeling her an “anti-vaxxer” although she has not publicly identified as one.
“So Jessica Biel is an anti-vaxx activist… she’s canceledt, next,” one person tweeted, while another person shared Jessica and Robert’s photo and wrote, “I’m so tired of the anti-vaxx stupidity. I’m afraid we’ll eventually have a major outbreak of a disease that results in many needless deaths all because of their ignorant anti-science stance.” On the note of disease outbreaks, a third fan dragged Jessica’s husband into the mix: “Justin Timberlake brought sexy back, and his wife Jessica Biel wants to bring measles back.”
The anger piled on, considering alarming statistics that have recently made headlines: there were 1,022 individual cases of measles reported in the U.S. as of June 6, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the highest number of cases the country has seen since 1992, the CDC reported — a major step back, after measles had been “declared eliminated” in 2000. But vaccines don’t prevent measles alone, as a Twitter user sadly wrote, “As an adult living with a disability from a vaccine-preventable illness I got as a toddler, I wont do anything that gives [Jessica] a single dollar you can use to imperil more kids.”
Despite the “anti-vaxx” tweets, Jessica has yet to publicly decry vaccinations. Her lobbying partner, Robert, also avoided that label when explaining why Jessica is getting mixed up in vaccination politics. “I would say that she was for safe vaccines and for medical freedom. My body, my choice,” the activist told the Daily Beast in a June 12 post. “The biggest problem with the bill, which is something I think Jessica is concerned with, is that a doctor who has made a determination—if he has found children in this state whose doctors have determined that they’re too fragile to receive vaccinations—this bill would overrule the doctors and force them to be vaccinated anyways.”
Written By: Jade Boren