Yesterday, Jenny McCarthy, actress and current host at The View, was all over the internet with people and bloggers claiming that her son, Evan does not have autism. Yesterday she debunked these rumors with the following tweet:
Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous. Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate. These stories cite a “new” Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder. Please know that I am taking every legal measure necessary to set this straight.
While I think that Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccine stance is absurd, I do think that the truth is the truth and if her son has autism, then she should not be unfairly slammed. On the one had she has brought a lot of awareness to autism but on the other hand her dangerous stance regarding vaccines has created a lot of fear in parents. Have you heard about this latest controversy regarding Jenny McCarthy or do you not care?
Link to the 2010 Time Magazine article.