Anti-Vaccination Advocate's Down Under Tour In Jeopardy
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, a Cleveland osteopathic physician and famous anti-vaccination advocate, is gearing up for an 11-venue tour of Australia this coming March. Dr. Tenpenny believes autism, asthma, auto-immune disorders, and ADHD are caused by vaccines. She insists her claims are all backed up by scientific research. Accompanying her on this “tour of woe” is Australian homeopath Isaac Golden, who promotes the use of natural products to prevent infectious diseases.
However, the tour now seems to be in jeopardy.
Over the past few weeks, one by one, each of the venues in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide have pulled out of playing host to this controversial duo. Despite the fact that organizers have already sold tickets (some tickets costing as much as $200 per attendee), the venues decided it was not worth the aggravation and negative attention that Dr. Tenpenny carries in tow with her wherever she goes. The aggravation on the side of the tour’s organizers is palpable, as was reported by The Sydney Morning Herald:
… a note on the website selling tickets for the events says the venues cancelled due to “bullying by vested interests who do not believe in informed consent, free speech and respect for other’s rights, and who appear to support censorship of thought and science”.
As if these people have some set of rights to systematically misinform the public, at the cost of the the public’s physical well-being.