Jenny McCarthy wants to save me from my autism, but she just doesn't get it

Matthew Rozsa


I have something uniquely in common with several million other Americans: I'm autistic.

At a time when Jenny McCarthy is spearheading a dangerous movement that blames my condition on vaccines — a myth dispelled by WebMD here — I am naturally sensitive to any mention of autism in the news, of which there have been a lot lately, especially when it's discussed as if something's "wrong" with me. There's not.

The lack of awareness and understanding about autism is stunning. It wasn't too long ago that the Republican primary for Illinois' 9th Congressional District was won by Susanne Atanus, a radical right-winger best known for statements like this:

"Sixteen years ago we never would have heard about autism ... God is angry. We are provoking him."

It would be easy to join the chorus of gnashing criticism of Atanus, but picking apart her candidacy is akin to snatching at low-hanging fruit.

Instead, there's a far more sinister threat to autism awareness that's much more widespread: the scaremongering of Jenny McCarthy and her disciples, who believe that vaccines are responsible for our condition. Though it seems absurd, one in five Americans believe vaccines cause autism and the government knows about it.


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