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October 1st, 2008 4:55pm EDT
Jenny McCarthyJenny McCarthy has taken aim at Amanda Peet over scathing comments the actress made about parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. McCarthy is leading a campaign to overhaul America's immunization programs, claiming vaccinations are largely responsible for autism.

The actress/model, who is the mother of a recovered autistic child, led a rally in Washington, D.C. this summer, calling for the Federal Government to clean vaccines of all toxins and to change a loaded schedule of immunization, which experts claim leads to the cause of autism.

The cause is controversial because leading medical groups insist there's no clear proof that vaccinations lead to autism.

And the issue hit the headlines again earlier this year when new mum Peet spoke out against those refusing to vaccinate their children from diseases. The actress called parents taking the stand "parasites" in a magazine interview.

Amanda PeetShe said, "There are a lot of misconceptions about the dangers of vaccinations... (but) frankly, I feel that parents who don't vaccinate their children are parasites."

She has since apologized for her comments, but McCarthy, for one, is refusing to accept The Whole Nine Yards star's regrets.

She rages, "She has a lot of balls to come forward and be on that side, because there is an angry mob on my side. I like the fact that I can say she's completely wrong... Until she walks in our shoes she has no idea."

Meanwhile, officials at the steering group that McCarthy represents— Autism United— are calling for members to boycott Peet's films after learning she has agreed to become a celebrity spokesperson for rival child welfare group Every Child By Two— because she was concerned about the information about vaccinations circulating throughout Hollywood.

Autism United executive director John Gilmore says, "We want to send a clear message to her (Peet). Our community will not support the continued misinformation that is funneled into the media by organizations like ECBT.

"We are not against vaccines, rather we are for safe vaccines. Until they understand that, we won't back down. Ms. Peet's comments are deplorable and an apology will not suffice. We applaud Jenny McCarthy's continued efforts and for speaking up for our community."

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