Dr. Tenpenny promotes herself as a “public figure” who is the “voice of reason on vaccines.”

She posted this today on her Facebook page


That’s right equating vaccines, which have eradicated smallpox, almost eradicated polio and saved millions of lives, with rape.

I understand the vaccines = rape meme has been around for a while. It’s vile, devoid of empathy, and demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of science, nouns, and grammar.

But to have this repugnance complete with disturbing graphic promoted by a doctor? That’s really a new low.

As a user of Facebook I am offended that some breastfeeding pictures don’t pass the censor, but this obscenity is acceptable.

As a physician I am disturbed that someone who attended medical school and apparently has a medical license would do this (the complete lack of understanding of science aside).

As a human I am saddened that someone can promote such a disgusting trope and close to 2,000 people “liked” it.

As someone who has been raped I am beyond outraged.

I get that part of this vile person’s (because equating rape with something that has eradicated diseases and saved lives does make you vile) is shock, but I just can’t imagine how tragic it is that a doctor, or anyone really, would post something like this and think, “Well, I’ve done something good for humanity today.”


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  1. It seems that this photo originated with an Anti Vaxxer group in Australia who have apparently removed this photo from their FB page due to it’s obvious vile message. Fortunately, most of the comments on this crazy woman’s page are torching her right now. Hopefully, she will be removing this disgusting photo soon.

  2. I saw this recently myself and couldn’t believe anyone would use rape as a way to sensationalize this nonsense. Especially since this “doctor” is a woman. All I could think is that she must have graduated last in her class at the worst med school in the world!

  3. Feeling sick to my stomach. I decided to look into her credentials. She was once board certified in emergency medicine. She is NOT a board certified family physician (I checked the ABFM website) .


    “School: 026010-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Graduated: 06/04/84

    License and Registration Information
    Credential License Type Initial Licensure Date Expiration Date Status
    34.003789 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 09/17/1984 10/01/2015 ACTIVE IN RENEWAL

    Specialty listings are voluntarily provided by the physician. They are not verified by the State Medical Board and do not confirm that the physician is Board certified by a professional specialty organization. To find out if a physician is certified by a specialty board, you should contact that board. Information and links to specialty boards can be found by clicking this green box.”

    From her own website:

    “Dr. Tenpenny is a graduate of the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and received her training as an osteopathic medical doctor at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri.

    Dr. Tenpenny is board certified in three medical specialties. She was boarded in Emergency Medicine from 1995 to 2006. She chose to not re-certify in Emergency Medicine – a time consuming and expensive undertaking – because she never plans to work again within Emergency Medicine. She has been board certified in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (AOBNMM) since 1995 and became board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine in 2012 (ABIHM).”

  4. Is Tenpenny actually a practicing physician? And if so, who is licensing this pretender?

  5. Aside from all the other stupidity spouted by this vile woman, she could have done a teeny tiny bit of googling to find out how this pic went down in Australia when it was first posted. It got taken down very quickly. Even the anti-vaxxers were calling for the blood of whomever made it, and none of the admins on the Australian antivax facebook page would admit to being the one who posted it.
    As offensive as the pic is, I’m glad ‘Dr’ TP posted it on her page, I’m pleased she chose to put her name with it. I hope it doesn’t get removed. I’m hoping it will help reveal her true colours to some of her followers, and anyone left who chooses to support her in the posting of this horrible pic, will be vilified too.

    1. Hence why Tenpenny was banned from speaking in Australia, have you seen her memes about autism. ?just as disgusting, this woman should have her license revoked

  6. Great comparison! I wouldn’t want a doctor (backed by government tyranny) to violate my childre against my wishes. Vaccines have taken the lives and damaged many innocent children. The government is bought by big pharma — wake up everyone!!!!

    1. No physicians are violating your children against your wishes. There are no secret government agents sneaking in to your house in the middle of the night vaccinating your children while they sleep. Your bullshit statement regarding Vaccines taking lives and damaging many children is something you pulled out of your butt. Hope you washed your hands before you typed on the keyboard after that garbage.

      Your spurious “Big Pharma” canard has been debunked by tons of sane people. It’s time you went back to “Natural News” and “Mercola.” There you’ll find other like minded crazy people that will applaud your senseless nonscientific garbage.

    2. Seriously what planet are you on, ?you must be living in a parallel universe if you think vaccines kill and injure people, we are no longer dying in the millions because of measles or whooping cough, get off your deluded high horse moron

  7. Oh dear. Sometimes I really give up trying to explain. Mostly I spend my time explaining like hell and hoping that a closed ear will become open. Thank goodness for herd immunity

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