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  Maloney backs away from questioning if vaccines cause autism
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Mar 12, 2018 11:20am
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AuthorCarl Campanile
News DateSunday, March 11, 2018 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA veteran congresswoman on Sunday backed away from her years of championing a discredited movement that claims vaccines cause autism.

A campaign spokesman for Rep. Carolyn Maloney said the congresswoman now “does not believe there is a link between vaccinations and autism.”

“Congresswoman Maloney believes in the efficacy and safety of vaccines. She was at the forefront of efforts to protect funding for vaccines in the Affordable Care Act,” the rep said.

But for years, Maloney beat the drum for authorities to the study for any links between vaccines and autism — even saying the denials of a connection reminded her of people who dismissed tobacco smoking as a cause of cancer.

“And you’ve got to listen, you know, to — I remember smoking. I was on the City Council. I sat through so many hearings where they vowed smoking was not bad for your health. It’s common sense it was bad for your health,” Maloney said during a November 2012 congressional hearing on autism.
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