Anti-vax Meryl feels threatened by critics

No sympathy for Meryl Dorey – if you make outrageous claims (now about apprehended violence orders), be prepared to be called on them. Again.

Founder of anti-immunisation group Australian Vaccination Network, Meryl Dorey, uses AVOs to gag critics |

Former Australian Vaccination Network president Meryl Dorey has applied for AVOs (apprehended violence orders) against three of her most vocal opponents.

As a special condition of the AVOs, she wanted the men banned from making online comments about her in “any derogatory manner”.

But she suffered a setback last month when her AVO was thrown out against one critic, Peter Bowditch, who she claimed posted harassing and abusive messages online.

Oh, that Meryl, trying to deal with critics by trying to shut them up with claims they harass her. Perhaps she should stop promoting vaccine misinformation that harms children. I do like that the headline is accurate – anti-immunization.

If you recall a few weeks ago, the Telegraph launched an awareness campaign. Well, Meryl didn’t like that. WAAHH! Meryl, let’s have a pity party for you and your legal bills.

  4 comments for “Anti-vax Meryl feels threatened by critics

  1. RDW
    May 19, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    I might be mistaken, but, as I understand things, those people not getting a vaccine that actually DID overcome the disease on their own, might actually be breeding a new form of the original disease that people would not have immunity for. Everyone’s vaccines might be rendered ineffectual by just a few hard headed people, that don’t have a grip on reality.

  2. Adam
    May 20, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Peter Bowditch isn’t exactly the type to roll over for anybody and has a long and illustrious history of telling kooks, cranks and loons where to go with their empty legal threats. Meryl really should have thought her brilliant plan through.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    May 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM


    Whether someone overcomes a disease with or without vaccine, the mechanism is the same. Vaccines simply prime the body’s system for specific antigens by introducing them in an inert form. “Natural” immunity does not breed super bugs. Both vaccines and natural immunity control disease propagation through herd immunity, but there will always be new strains that rise. Hence the reason that influenza vaccine formulations change each year.

    It’s a different mechanism than antibiotics, which can breed resistant strains of microorganisms.

  4. May 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I’m still smiling. She can now be added to my collection of Vacuous Legal Threats.

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