Jenny McCarthy has landed a position as a parenting advice blogger and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. The model-actress turned autism activist will be doling out her parenting wisdom, writing a weekly “Dear Jenny” advice column for the paper’s online Splash magazine, The Washington Post reports.
The Playboy model is one of the leading voices of the movement arguing that autism is linked to childhood vaccinations. This theory has been widely discredited in the scientific community.
“I know children regress after vaccination because it happened to my own son,” Jenny wrote in a 2011 blog post for the Huffington Post. “Why aren’t there any tests out there on the safety of how vaccines are administered in the real world, six at a time? Why have only two of the 36 shots our kids receive been looked at for their relationship to autism?”
Jenny’s son was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 ½-years-old. The single mom has publicly spoken about the link between childhood immunizations and autism. She is also well-known for saying that children can “recover” from autism.
Has the community embraced her since Evan’s recovery — and her controversial statement?
“My story of Evan’s recovery is not unique, there are thousands of parents before me whose shoulders I stand on today,” Jenny said. “I’m just as active today as when Evan recovered from autism. I still travel the country lecturing on autism, am the president and board member of Generation Rescue and actively fundraise throughout the country for the foundation. My journey now is for the other parents whose voice hasn’t been heard.”
What do you think about Jenny’s new gig? Will you read her blogs?