Bachmann: HPV Vaccine Might Cause “Mental Retardation”

Have you been debating whether or not to get the Gardasil vaccine, or have your children get the shot?  Well, Republican Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann wants to warn you, it could cause “mental retardation.”

At least, that’s what some lady told her.

Via the Washington Post:

Post-debate, the Minnesota congresswoman sent out a fundraising appeal on the issue with the title “I’m Offended.” In interviews after the debate, she suggested that the vaccine could do permanent damage.

“There’s a woman who came up crying to me tonight after the debate. She said her daughter was given that vaccine,” Bachmann said on Fox News. “She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result. There are very dangerous consequences.”

Bachmann repeated the allegation on the “Today Show” this morning, adding, “It’s very clear that corny capitalism could have likely been the cause, because the governor’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company.”

Nothing like an informed candidate presenting the fact on an issue to the general public.

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  • beenthere72

    When I was 22 years old, I rear-ended an insurance lawyer who later claimed that the accident caused him scoliosis.    The jury saw right through his deceptions, I wish conservatives could see right through her’s. 

  • elburto

    So you crashed into him so hard that you time travelled, and congenitally deformed him? Wow!

    Aren’t lawyers supposed to have above average intelligence?

  • beenthere72

    LOL. Can you believe it?  Accident reconstructionist also concluded I was doing a whopping 13 mph!  

  • rebellious-grrl

    Michele Bachmann is clearly a right-wing nut-job. She constantly shoots her mouth off about stuff she has absolutely no facts on. Talk about scare tactics. She accused Obama about using scare tactics when it came to the debt ceiling and social security. She is clearing using this piece of misinformation to scare women.

  • beenthere72

    I can think of ways of how we can take advantage of her willingness to believe anything some random person will tell her, can’t you?    We could use this to our advantage.    Think about it…

  • crowepps

    Sorry, can’t laugh, considering those are the tactics the most fanatical ProLife advocates use when they take advantage of gullible people, supply them with pamphlets or schedules, depending on their inclinations, and station them either in the front of the clinic to sob and pray at the patients entering, or point out to them a good vantage point around back from which to take a shot.

    We can’t assume the person commenting is a troll amusing themself by mocking the mentally ill, someone it would be okay to torment a little, because it’s possible they really are delusional and really do need competent psychological help.  Certainly if the childhood report is accurate, that wouldn’t be surprising.

    Got to agree this one is totally over the top, but let’s not lose our sense of decency, as our opponents obviously have.

    Anti-abortion protesters target clinic’s landlord outside child’s Md. school


    “Some held a large banner that showed his photo, his full name, his phone number and the words “Please STOP the Child Killing.” Others held posters showing aborted fetuses.

    “The idea that a group of protesters would target a school because the child of someone they are targeting attends the school … is fairly despicable.” Maxwell added.”

    “We know where your kid goes to school, give in to our demands, because we wouldn’t want anything — unfortunate to happen.”  Disgusting.

  • beenthere72

    I can always count on you, Crowepps, for better logic and reasoning.  Thank you!


    And targeting the landlord’s kids is completely despicable.

  • rebellious-grrl

    University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Art Caplan is so confident that Michele Bachmann’s claim that a young girl was made mentally retarded by injections of the Gardasil vaccine against human papilloma virus that he is offering to donate $10,000 to the charity of Bachmann’s choice if she can produce such a patient…Another bioethicist,  Steven Miles of the University of Minnesota, has offered $1,000 if a patient whose brain was damaged by an HPV vaccine can be produced.