Kat Von D Says She's Anti-Vaccine, Won't Vaccinate Baby

Pregnant Kat Von D Says She Won’t Be Vaccinating Her Baby

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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.

I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Some good and some questionable – unsolicited none the less. 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. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan. 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. My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices – actual research and educating myself will – which i am diligently doing. This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about – whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband. But if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on. So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself. More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X

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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.”