I’m not sure why CDC employees wear sailor suits, but after Jenny McCarthy’s two week talk show romp, they’ll be bailing water out of battleship CDC for months to come.
On Larry King Live, Jenny ripped the hull right off the frame, going as far as to say there’s no way in hell she would vaccinate another child if she had one.
Strong words for sure, the kind of words that make parents of autistic children like me jump up and down on our couches and scream for joy in a way perhaps only someone in our shoes can fully understand.
And, the CDC deserves everything they got.
In May 2004, Congressman Dave Weldon (FL) gave a riveting speech at the Autism One Conference where he noted:
“I have said repeatedly that the Autism Community is the 900-pound gorilla that has not had its voice heard adequately on Capitol Hill. This is largely due to the endless demands on your time, effort, emotions, and money in caring for the unique needs of your children.”
Weldon went on to criticize CDC for trying to whitewash mounting evidence implicating vaccines in the autism epidemic, and warned that someday soon parents would have their voices heard. Weldon may not have predicted that the 900 pound gorilla would be wrapped in the body of a former Playmate of the year, but thank God she is.
Through Jenny’s courage, standing on the shoulders of the giants who came before her, a national debate has emerged that is already forcing major change.
Pediatricians are being bombarded by nervous parents not wanting to push their children into autism. Discussion groups focused on biomedical intervention, websites sharing biomedical intervention information, and DAN! Doctors are experiencing unprecedented traffic.
“Hope” has resurfaced as a word to be used alongside “autism.”
It’s hard to fathom how many children Jenny has already saved.
Boatloads, Jenny, boatloads.
J.B. Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue.