House Hearing on the Federal Response to Rising Rates Autism Focuses on Causation

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep Darryl Issa (R-CA), held a hearing entitled, “1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism” on November 29. The four hour hearing included witnesses from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Autism Speaks, the Autism Society, Mercyhurst University, SaferMinds, the Global & Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership, and the Autism Self Advocacy Network. Much of the testimony and subsequent questioning focused on the issue of causation, particularly the continuing use of mercury in multi-vial doses of vaccines. Read the testimony and view the archived webcast.