Michele Bachmann Claims HPV Vaccine Causes ‘Mental Retardation’

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    You know, when you already have a reputation for saying things that are factually inaccurate, and you've already made a number of irresponsible (some would say crazy) comments, the best way to salvage your reputation is to be very, VERY careful and check your facts before saying something publicly, especially when you say it on camera.

    But some people just never learn. At the VERY least, this reflects poorly on the GOP as a whole since it is increasingly gaining a reputation as the political party of kooks.

     
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    Did you even read what you quoted? Bachmann made no such claim. You're either quite stupid, or you're just plain dishonest, or, possibly both.
     
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    Is the inability to use a simple 'search function' a sign of mental retardation?
     
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    Or, is the inability to read what you are quoting a sign of mental retardation?
     
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    Bachmann is PROMOTING the idea. She's putting it out there for public consumption. So, when Bachmann says the following:
    "This is the very real concern, and people have to draw their own conclusions."
    Bachmann is NOT trying to educate people. She's trying to gin up fear
     
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    From another part of the article:

    Of course, Bachmann didn't offer any information from the CDC which would help to prevent people whose daughters received the vaccine from becoming alarmed that maybe their daughters would begin to suffer from mental retardation.

    There's a lot of kooks in the world. But it's one thing when some nut with an agenda tries to gin up fear. It's another thing altogether when a public official starts to suggest that a vaccine may have dramatic side effects. But Bachmann isn't just a garden variety congresswoman. She's running for president. Consequently, she gets a LOT more attention than the average House member. It is completely irresponsible for someone in her position to promote fear when it's not warranted.

    Now, if Michele Bachmann floated the idea that someone contracted AIDS from a public toilet, it would certainly create havoc. But would anyone likely face the possiblity of a fatal illness because of that kind of irresponsible remark? Not likely.

    But because of Bachmann's remark about mental retardation, it IS possible that some parents may elect to opt out of the HPV vaccine when they otherwise might have permitted it. And it IS possible that some young girl could later contract cervical cancer 20 years from now.

    Bachmann should issue a retraction and apologize to the public for her irresponsible statement.

    What's next, I wonder
     
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    That's kinda funny... she said, and i quote that she spoke with a woman who

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...l-retardation/2011/09/13/gIQAbJBcPK_blog.html
     
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    It is kinda funny that you're reiterating ole boys point.
     
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    which "old boy", bubbalah?
     

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