A criminal district attorney from San Antonio, Texas has spoken out about vaccines saying they can and do cause autism.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood, who has children with autism, also said that he is ready for the backlash to his public comments.
In the video below, LaHood and his wife Davida share their own story and voice their opinions in an excerpt for the documentary “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophy” posted to the film’s official Youtube channel
LaHood said he and his wife noticed a change in their son after he received his 18-month vaccination.
“We had a very different child,” he said.
Asked whether he should be voicing his opinion due to his political office, LaHood said, “My opinions are just my opinions. As a daddy, as a husband, who happens to be the district attorney. People are allowed to have a First Amendment right to an opinion. I know this is not a politically correct opinion.”
He said both President Barack Obama and former Gov. Rick Perry have publicly supported childhood vaccines, so he has the same right to speak out against them.
LaHood said, “I’m not forcing my opinion on you. I’m giving you my opinion and I think I’m entitled to it.”
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who saw a preview of the film, said he agrees.
“He’s a terrific father. He’s concerned. He has a son with autism. I have a nephew with autism. I know what it’s like,” Wolff said.
However, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Health District said the public health agency believes all children should be vaccinated if they’re healthy and have the approval of their physicians.