If you are a responsible health conscious young woman then you may have already completed the vaccination course for HPV. My mother, an anesthesiologist, sent my sister to get the shot as soon as it became available, as didmy girlfriend. In fact, I found myself lauding Rick Perry for once some time ago when he attempted to mandate the vaccination in my home state of Texas, although like many progressive ideas in the Lone Star state it was quickly defeated via bureaucracy.
As Greg Laden’s posted video at X-blog explains, Michele Bachmann recently inserted her foot right into her mouth by pushing a claim that the vaccine caused mental retardation in one individual. Penn & Teller’s Bullshit already covered the fallacy of this argument in detail in the 10th episode of their 8th season. Even if her claim was substantiated WHICH IT IS NOT, it would be both tragic and statistically irrelevant. The one case of a negative reaction would be outweighed by the thousands of women who are now protected from cervical cancer.
However two professors at the Universities of Minnesota and Pennsylvania, bioethicists Steven Miles and Art Caplan respectively, are confident that the presidential candidate is (like normal) lying out of her ears. How confident you ask? Enough to put their money where their mouths are to the tune of 10,000 smack-a-roons for evidence backing up Bachmann’s wild claim and so far there have been no takers.
What really grinds my gears is how Michele Bachmann has tried to slither out of her latest debacle. She claimed that she was not making the comment as a doctor (I thought she was a doctor), nor as a scientist, and that she was merely passing on the information. And that sums up Michele Bachmann, she can pass on utter bullshit without even caring enough to do any critical thinking or analysis of her own, which is such a glaring failure of leadership it makes my head spin half a world away.