Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood has received an outpouring of criticism and support after he professed his firm belief that vaccines “can and do cause autism.” He cites his son, Michael, as an example of a child who – after his 18-month vaccinations – started acting “distant and wouldn’t make eye contact. He was put on the (autism) spectrum.”

LaHood is one of several people around the nation who have participated in the anti-vaccination documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, which is currently touring the country to gather interviews from individuals and families who have had a negative experience with vaccines.

LaHood has acknowledged his lack of expertise on the subject, but still remains firm in his beliefs.

Health professionals have called LaHood’s claims “absolutely ridiculous” and have noted that his claims bear no medical evidence. In a Facebook post, LaHood defended his stance.

(Read more: District Attorney Nico LaHood Joins Anti-Vaccine MovementAnti-Vaxxer Organization Releases LaHood Family InterviewCommentary: When It Comes to Vaccines, Bexar District Attorney LaHood Is No Expert)

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