ABC plans to go ahead and air
Eli Stone, despite the medical community's passionate protest of a plotline in Thursday's premiere episode that draws a link between vaccination and autism. As the controversial storyline goes, lawyer Eli Stone (played by Jonny Lee Miller) argues that a mercury-based preservative in a pharmaceutical company's vaccine caused a child's autism. Dr. Renee R. Jenkins, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, tells the
New York Times she worries that the implication "could lead to a tragic decline in immunization rates."
In response, ABC said it would run a disclaimer stating: "The following story is fictional and does not portray any actual persons, companies, products or events." They will also direct viewers to the Center for Disease Control's autism website. Mickey O'Connor