Jenny McCarthy Catches More Flack for “Pro-Vaccine” Claim

Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014 4:23 PM GMT

She used to be known as a beautiful blonde actress but these days Jenny McCarthy is more of a punching bag for both sides of the vaccine debate.

The “View” babe published an op-ed in the Chicago Sun Times in which she lamented her false “anti-vaccine” classification, insisting that she’s actually pro-vaccine.

McCarthy pleaded, "This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position I have recently adopted. I've never told anyone to not vaccinate. My beautiful son, Evan, inspired this mother to question the 'one size fits all' philosophy of the recommended vaccine schedule.”

“I embarked on this quest not only for myself and my family, but for countless parents who shared my desire for knowledge that could lead to options and alternate schedules, but never to eliminate the vaccines. I believe in the importance of a vaccine program, and I believe parents have the right to choose one poke per visit."

Time magazine science editor Jeffrey Kluger responded with an open letter in which he stated, "It's just too late to play cute with the things you've said… outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough continue to appear in the U.S., the result of parents refusing to vaccinate their children because of the scare stories passed around by anti-vaxxers like you..."

"You are either floridly, loudly, uninformedly antivaccine or you are the most grievously misunderstood celebrity of the modern era. Science almost always prefers the simple answer, because that's the one that's usually correct. Your quote trail is far too long—and you have been far too wrong—for the truth not to be obvious."

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