The Australian tour of outspoken anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny — an osteopathic doctor who believes vaccines cause autism, asthma, ADHD and auto-immune disorders — has now officially been cancelled.
” Ms. Stephanie Messenger and Dr. Sherri Tenpenny have jointly decided to cancel the speaking appearances scheduled for Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Gold Coast,” a Facebook post on Tenpenny’s official Facebook page last night said. “Additional options are being considered but not confirmed at this time.”
While the tour had already been thrown into chaos after all venues for the tours pulled out — meaning the tour had effectively been cancelled anyway — a post on Tenpenny’s official Facebook page last night formalised the decision.
The post said the “determination made to protect the speakers, the public and the venue owners” after receiving “continual, anonymous threats of vandalism and violence”.
She did not specify what the alleged threats were or when they had taken place.
Tenpenny added in the post: “I was coming to speak as an invited guest. However, given the level of hostility that has transpired over the last three weeks, and for the sake of my own personal safety, I have also cancelled my planned vacation in Australia.”
While obviously violence or threats of violence are unacceptable in any circumstance, pro-vaccination advocates can take comfort in the fact that Tenpenny will no longer be spreading her dangerous, anti-science lies in Australia.
Previously, Mamamia wrote…
Pressure is mounting against a planned speaking tour by American anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny, with nine of eleven venues now refusing to host her $200 per head seminar.
The Sydney Morning Herald has described her tour as being “in tatters”.
Dr Tenpenny, an osteopathic doctor who believes vaccines cause autism, asthma, ADHD and auto-immune disorders, is planning a series of lectures against vaccination in March aimed at parents of babies.
“We’re monitoring it and haven’t made a decision one way or another,” a Rydges Hotel spokeswoman told the SMH. The Brisbane restaurant did not respond to inquiries.