Over the weekend the Chicago Sun Times ran a column written by Jenny McCarthy. In the column, Jenny McCarthy says that she has never been anti-vaccine and has no idea where the rumors that she is anti-vaccine came from. In fact, she says she is pro-vaccine.
Isn't this the same person who said that vaccines are filled with toxins and that those toxins contribute to autism?
Back in 2009 she gave an interview to Time and said, “People have the misconception that we want to eliminate vaccines. Please understand that we are not an antivaccine group. We are demanding safe vaccines. We want to reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins. If you ask a parent of an autistic child if they want the measles or the autism, we will stand in line for the f–king measles.”
To me, that seems like she is anti-vaccine.
She also had this to say back in 2006.
“Right before his MMR shot, I said to the doctor, 'I have a very bad feeling about this shot. This is the autism shot, isn't it?' And he said, 'No, that is ridiculous. It is a mother's desperate attempt to blame something,' and he swore at me, and then the nurse gave [Evan] the shot,” she says. “And I remember going, 'Oh, God, I hope he's right.' And soon thereafter — boom — the soul's gone from his eyes.”
I think Jenny is trying to distance herself from the anti-vaccine label she has given herself and if she wants to, then I think she just needs to say she was wrong rather than trying to convince everyone she has never been anti-vaccine.