Chili's anti-vaccine fundraising: Chili's cancels fundraiser for autism group

Chili's Grill & Bar announced Monday that it is canceling its fundraiser for the National Autism Association because of negative feedback.

The restaurant chain had a Monday fundraiser planned for the nonprofit organization, which lobbies against vaccinations.

Chili's issued the following statement:

"Chili's Grill & Bar is committed to giving back to the communities in which our guests live and work through local and national Give Back Events. While we remain committed to supporting the children and families affected by autism, we are canceling Monday's Give Back Event based on the feedback we heard from our guests. We believe autism awareness continues to be an important cause to our guests and team members, and we will find another way to support this worthy effort in the future with again our sole intention being to help families affected by autism."

The fundraiser, which was planned at 1,200 locations, would have donated 10 percent of proceeds to the organization during April's Autism Awareness Month.

NAA has received backlash for its stance on vaccinations. On its website, the group stated "Vaccinations can trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children, especially those who are genetically predisposed to immune, autoimmune or inflammatory conditions."

However, the Centers for Disease Control believe that vaccinations are not associated with risk of autism.

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