Kat Von D says she plans to raise ‘a vegan child without vaccinations’
In a lengthy Instagram post, renowned tattoo artist Kat Von D says she’s anti-vaccine. Von D, who recently announced her first pregnancy, says she won’t be vaccinating her baby.
In her post, Von D says she knew when announcing her pregnancy she assumed she’d be “bombarded with unsolicited advice” — as many famous people are, when they share snippets of their personal lives on social media. “I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy,” she writes.
In the post, she debuts her baby bump as well as her stance on a variety of subjects — some of it controversial.
“And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you – try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations.”
That is…a lot of information to toss into one Instagram caption. It’s probably safe to assume the “backlash” she references is most likely aimed at those criticizing her for being anti-vaccination since thousands of people have said as much in the comments.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, receiving vaccines is far safer than getting the disease the vaccine prevents. Diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough are becoming more prevalent in recent years due to a decrease in parents ensuring their kids get vaccinations. There is overwhelming scientific evidence in favor of immunizing children, but, as Von D says, parents make their own decisions about their children’s vaccines.
“This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey.”