Facebook celebrates Autism Awareness Day with anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy pic

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 16:09 EDT
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On this year’s World Autism Awareness Day, held every April 2, Facebook’s official charity page shared an image from actress Jenny McCarthy.

The “Non-Profits on Facebook” page shared the image, which read, “We support World Autism Awareness Day 2014,” and encouraged people to like and share it.

McCarthy and her organization, Generation Rescue, have faced scrutiny over the issue of childhood vaccinations.

McCarthy has claimed that vaccinations are responsible for the mysterious rise in autism spectrum disorders, noting that the current childhood vaccine schedule contains more vaccines than the schedule in the late 1990s.

But most experts agree there is no relationship between the mental condition and vaccines, and believe conspiracy theories about vaccinations endanger children’s health. Children who are not vaccinated are at risk of catching preventable diseases like polio and whooping cough.

One Facebook user commented on the image: “You did not just share the anti Vax wacko post did you?”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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