AUSTIN, Texas, June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Autism Media Channel (AMC) joined with eight autism organizations in sending a letter formally requesting that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) retract the 2004 Pediatrics article "Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta" 
Polly Tommey, AMC founder, stated, "Two years ago the public learned from Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that he and his co-authors found a link between the timing of the MMR vaccine and onset of autism. With the knowledge of the CDC management, they then took deliberate steps to hide these findings. This is scientific fraud plain and simple. As a result, for 10 years, the public, pediatricians worldwide, and policy makers were kept in the dark while tens of thousands of children were needlessly left in harm's way."
Dr. Thompson alleged that he, with co-authors, intentionally hid from the public information about increased risks for autism in particular to African Americans boys who received the MMR vaccine before 36 months. The Autism Media Channel were the first to reveal this story in August 2014.
Dr. DeStefano and the CDC have confirmed portions of the allegations. Dr. Thompson, who now has federal whistleblower status has provided documents and statements to the United States Congress. Some of these documents have been made public, and confirm his allegations.
Organizations that have signed the letter include: Age of Autism, Autism Action Network, Autism One, Generation Rescue, Health Choice, Millions Mammas Movement, SafeMinds and Unlocking Autism. In making the formal request, the organizations state, "the public's trust in the CDC has been violated…It is unconscionable that the AAP would continue to align itself with the CDC and support this article given the mounting evidence of corruption and cover-up."
Mrs. Tommey and Autism Media Channel have partnered with Del Bigtree, a medical journalist, to produce the documentary film, Vaxxedfrom Cover-up to Catastrophe. The film investigates evidence of the CDC's fraud and includes segments of Dr. Thompson's statements in audio recordings, as well as a conclusion by Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine awardee Luc Montagnier M.D., that scientific fraud had occurred. Following an unprecedented and controversial "de-selection" from the Tribeca Film Festival in March, which raised questions of censorship, the film was released theatrically in the U.S. by Cinema Libre Studio and has been booked on over 60 screens in 57 cities across 29 states, at major theatre chains. With sold out shows and multiple week runs, the film's success is buoyed by a remarkable volunteer grassroots movement.
Mrs. Tommey goes on to state, "Based on the evidence that has come to light since August 2014, coupled with Dr. Thompson's confession, we feel that this study should be retracted by the AAP."
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) now affects at least 1 in 42 boys.
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 "Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta" (DeStefano F, Bhasin TK, Thompson WW, Yeargin-Allsopp M, Boyle C. Pediatrics. 2004 Feb;113(2):259-66).
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