The internet has been ablaze recently with tales of Kat Von D. Not only is the star married, but she's also pregnant - when she vehemently insisted she would never have children. The tattoo artist turned makeup mogul is well-known for her vegan lifestyle which she strictly follows in every aspect of her being, from the food she eats to the fabrics she wears. The mom-to-be came under fire recently when she shared that she did not intend to vaccinate her child on Instagram.
My husband @prayers and I are NOT anti-vaxxers. We are not against vaccines. Just because we have hesitancies and valid concerns about injecting our baby with specific chemicals and toxins does not mean we are anti anything. As a soon-to-be-parent [and especially as a first-time-mom] I do feel it my responsibility to have questions, and to listen to my motherly instinct to question things, and do my research. What we have found is that sometimes it isn’t always so black and white. While we believe medications, including vaccines, are not all bad - we also can’t dismiss the fact that some may not be good for everyone. There are plenty of studies that show some vaccinations can work wonders. And there are also studies that show some people [including mothers, and babies] may be more susceptible to vaccine injuries more than others. It’s unfair for anyone to expect me [or any parent] to take the word of the pharmaceutical companies who have much to gain from and industry worth billions without question - and then have to dismiss any concerns of my own. Our personal medical records are no one’s business, and why we would feel it important for us to explore all our options when it comes to vaccinating our child, is also no one’s business - regardless of what I post on Instagram. So, perhaps before any of you feel inspired to harass us, spew hatred, or send ill-will our way, I hope you would try and understand that this is our first child together, and we are simply just trying our best. Lastly, I don’t plan on continuing this topic, and have no interest in fighting anyone. As much as I hate doing this, I will be turning off the comments on this post - and I think you would too, if you were constantly receiving death wishes onto your unborn child. I am sending extra love to everyone today. X
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When Kat sent out this controversial message, the wrath of pro-vaccine moms everywhere came down full force on the raven-haired beauty, with some even calling for buyers to boycott her beauty line. When Kat revealed her pregnancy would culminate in an at-home birth and the baby being raised vegan as well as without vaccinations, the backlash was severe. Pro-vaccine moms argued that by not vaccinating a child against diseases a parent would still be relying on those around them to vaccinate their children so the unvaccinated child wouldn't catch anything. On the other hand, an unvaccinated child could catch and carry diseases that may still harm a vaccinated child, putting them at risk.
In a lengthy Instagram post last week Kat explained that she knew she was going to be criticized for her choices as soon as she decided to be open to about her pregnancy, but that negative energy and opinions would do nothing to change her mind on how she plans to parent her son. In another follow-up post, the star also rebuked the label of anti-vaxxer, stating that although both herself and her husband have "hesitancies and valid concerns about injecting our baby with specific chemicals and toxins does not mean we are anti-anything."
Kat went on to say that as a first-time mother she wants to make sure that she and her husband are looking into the proper research before making any decisions that could have a lasting impact.
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