After Backlash, Chili's Cancels Fundraiser for Anti-Vaccine Charity
Will find a different way to honor Autism Awareness Month
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Apr 7, 2014 10:31 AM CDT
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(Newser) – After facing heated backlash, restaurant chain Chili's canceled a fundraiser that would have benefited a group linked to the anti-vaccination movement. The canceled fundraiser for Autism Awareness Month would have sent 10% of all profits made today at more than 1,200 Chili's locations around the country to the National Autism Association. The problem is, the National Autism Association is known by many not for its contributions to autism research but for its controversial habit of cautioning parents against vaccinating children. Its "Causes of Autism" page reads, "The National Autism Association believes vaccinations can trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children." Backlash was swift, and Chili's gave in last night.

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