Chili's cancels fundraising for autism group after backlash over its vaccination stance

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Chili’s is backing away from plans to donate funds to a group that says autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position that has been widely discredited by the medical community.

To honour National Autism Awareness month, the restaurant chain had planned on donating a portion of its sales to the National Autism Association. On its website, the group says it believes that vaccinations can “trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children.”

On Sunday, Chili’s said on its blog that it was cancelling the event based on feedback from its guests.