Jenny McCarthy removed from breast cancer fundraiser.

Remember that breast cancer fundraiser that had invited Jenny McCarthy, a prominent anti-vax advocate, to headline their event?  Yeah, when it was brought to the attention of those planning the event, they did exactly what people promoting science should do with the people undermining science: they gave her the boot.

The misinformation spread by McCarthy creates corpses, corpses that those building new medical technologies are trying to avoid.  These two goals cannot be reconciled, which is why a fundraiser to develop cures lending even remote support to McCarthy is like Jenny Craig sending people coupons to McDonalds.

Props to the Bust a Move fundraiser.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • iknklast

    This is great, in a world that seems to have little such sense in it. I had a student hijack my discussion boards a year ago when we were talking about critical thinking. She wanted everyone to know that her son got (not sure what…not autism, maybe ADHD?) from being vaccinated. I don’t imagine the other students were too happy with her after I assigned them a reading from Brian Deer.

  • Tony Debono

    Talk about preventative lumpectomy!

  • Glodson

    She really does harm.

    Maybe not all that can be laid at her feet, but this push of anti-vax nonsense bothers me. There are kids out there, as most of us know, who have real medical reasons why they can’t be vaccinated. They depend on us. That is herd immunity. It isn’t prefect, but the concept is sound, and we’ve seen it at work here for years. As we reduce the numbers of people vaccinated, we will see those who cannot get the vaccines be exposed at greater risks. Worse still are the fact that healthy children who shouldn’t be at risk at all to these horrible diseases will be threatened with them.

    I know, personally know, a child that died because his parents didn’t vaccinate him as a child. Yea. Jenny McCarthy is a gullible fool that threatens so many with her ignorance.