After publicly stating her opposition to vaccinating children, Jenny McCarthy is changing her tune a bit.
McCarthy began her crusade against vaccinations after her son Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005. She came to believe there is a link between vaccinations and the behavioral disorder.
The View star recently wrote an op-ed piece for the Chicago Sun Times in which she insisted she was "wrongly branded as 'anti-vaccine.'"
"I think people should read exactly what I have said instead of reading headlines, and that's why I wanted to write that piece," McCarthy said. "Everything that I have said and everything that I believe in is in that piece, so I hope people will go and refer to that so they know exactly what I've been saying.
"This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position I have recently adopted," she wrote. "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," she continued. "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."
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"Isn't it ironic, in 1983 there were 10 shots and now there's 36 and the rise of autism happened at the same time?" she asked. "We need to get rid of the toxins, the mercury—which I am so tired of everyone saying it's been removed. It has not been removed from the shots."
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