Rand Paul stuns Senate hearing room by saying parents should have the right to NOT vaccinate their children and is dressed down by Republican colleague who’s also a doctor

  • The Kentucky said he and family members had been vaccinated 
  • But he said he didn’t favor giving up liberty for a ‘false sense of security’
  • He made his statement amid a measles outbreak that is endangering children
  • Vaccine is considered safe and beneficial
  • Measles had been declared eliminated in 2000 
  • Parents who don’t vaccinate their children can pose risks to infants and others who have not been vaccinated if there is an outbreak 

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky stunned a Senate hearing room Tuesday by declaring vaccination requirements are at odds with ‘liberty.’

Paul, a libertarian who is a close ally of President Trump, spoke during a Senate Health committee hearing intended to highlight the risks to the general population when families don’t get their children vaccinated.

‘It is wrong to say that there are no risks to vaccines,’ said Paul, a Repubilcan. ‘Even the government admits that children are sometimes injured by vaccines,’ he continued. ‘I still don’t favor giving up on liberty for a false sense of security.’

The hearing was titled: ‘Vaccines Save Lives: What Is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?’