This Mother Is Serving Jail Time for Refusing to Vaccinate Her Son

ack in 1998, a medical journal published a paper by Andrew Wakefield that claimed that there is a link between vaccinations and autism. Wakefield's conclusions were based on manipulated data and fraudulent research, and his paper has since been completely discredited. There is no scientific evidence to back the claim that autism is caused by vaccines. In fact, new research states there may actually be a link between autism and maternal gut flora.

And yet, some parents still choose to forego vaccinating their children. In multiple U.S. states, they have a legal right to do so. Such is the case in Michigan, where this week, a mother has been sentenced to spend time in jail for refusing to vaccinate her 9-year-old son.