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Thanks Sigrid.  Many people will have my initial reaction to the name, that it is a “professional” society, i.e. science based,   Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry on AAPS which further elaborates Sigrid’s points

The association is generally recognized as politically conservative <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservatism_in_the_United_States> or ultra-conservative <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far-right>, and its publication advocates a range of scientifically discredited hypotheses, including the belief that HIV does not cause AIDS <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDS_denialism>, that being gay reduces life expectancy, that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion-breast_cancer_hypothesis>, and that there is a causal relationship between vaccines and autism <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causes_of_autism#Vaccines>.

They oppose aboriton, medicare/medicaid and all forms  of governmental health assistance. Here is a link to the Wikipedia article  <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Association_of_American_Physicians_and_Surgeons>

> On Mar 11, 2019, at 2:44 AM, Sigrid Schmalzer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Hi. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons also opposes the Affordable Care Act and socialized medicine more generally. My sense is that the anti-vaxx movement is leaping on this endorsement because the AAPS because it has the appearance of medical authority. Let's be more critical.
> Sigrid
> On 3/10/19 7:41 PM, Maggie Zhou wrote:
>> There was a congressional hearing last week on the use of force to vaccinate (taking away exemptions).
>> https://ppjg.me/2019/03/05/hearing-on-the-use-of-force-to-vaccinate-taking-place-now/ <https://ppjg.me/2019/03/05/hearing-on-the-use-of-force-to-vaccinate-taking-place-now/>
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>> Two medical associations have come out with statements against mandatory vaccinations in the past few days, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and Physicians for Informed Consent.
>> https://ppjg.me/2019/03/05/medical-doctors-across-the-u-s-speak-out-against-mandatory-vaccination-laws/ <https://ppjg.me/2019/03/05/medical-doctors-across-the-u-s-speak-out-against-mandatory-vaccination-laws/>
>> 
>> Here's a well referenced and concise white paper on the evidence & science that support vaccine exemptions.  For those who think vaccination is supported by science, this is a must read.  (I've also sent other links to evidence before, so this adds to that.)
>> https://icandecide.org/white-papers/The-Evidence-Science-Support-Vaccine-Exemptions.pdf <https://icandecide.org/white-papers/The-Evidence-Science-Support-Vaccine-Exemptions.pdf>
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>> Meanwhile, governments are doubling down on forced vaccinations.
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>> ABC News is promoting that teens should defy their anti-vaxxer parents' judgement and choose to vaccinate themselves.
>> https://abc7chicago.com/health/ohio-teen-defies-anti-vaccine-mom-gets-his-shots/5134211/ <https://abc7chicago.com/health/ohio-teen-defies-anti-vaccine-mom-gets-his-shots/5134211/>
>> "in at least 7 states a relatively new legal concept called the mature minor doctrine allows teens to petition to make their own medical decision."
>> 
>> Australian government decided to reduce welfare payments for unvaccinated children, to force poor families to vaccinate:
>> https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-13/vaccinations-no-jab-no-pay-takes-effect/10169684 <https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-13/vaccinations-no-jab-no-pay-takes-effect/10169684>
>> 
>> Maggie
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> Sigrid Schmalzer
> Professor, History Department
> University of Massachusetts Amherst
> Website: http://sigridschmalzer.org <http://sigridschmalzer.org/>
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> Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China <http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/R/bo22541357.html> (University of Chicago Press, 2016)
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> Science for the People: Documents from America's Movement of Radical Scientists <https://www.umass.edu/umpress/title/science-people> (University of Massachusetts Press, 2018)
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> Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong's Work for Sustainable Farming <https://tilburyhouse.com/book/education-and-teaching/by-subject/multicultural/moth-and-wasp-soil-and-ocean/> (Tilbury House, 2018) -- picture book
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