Michele Bachmann claims HPV vaccine made woman's daughter mentally retarded [VIDEO]
|Michele Bachmann, retardation expert.|
Bachmann made the bizarre assertion on the "Today Show" this morning, after Matt Lauer asked her about her pointed criticisms of Rick Perry at last night's Tea Party debate. Again, Bachmann posed herself as the defender of "innocent little 12-year-old girls."
Last night, Bachmann made a vague reference to the potential ramifications of the HPV vaccine. This morning, she did it again, describing the vaccine as "potentially dangerous." Then, she told a little story about meeting a mother after the Tea Party debate -- a woman convinced that her daughter contracted mental retardation from getting the vaccine.
"She told me," Bachmann said, "that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter."
The woman's story sounds sad, but, as a second-hand tale which has passed through the ears of Bachmann, is utterly unverifiable, medically or actually.
There's actually a good amount of literature out there regarding links between the HPV vaccine and mental retardation. Virtually all of it was written today, and is about Michele Bachmann.
"This," Bachmann went on, "is the very real concern, and people have to draw their own conclusions."
No, Michele. Cervical cancer is the very real concern. The only conclusion people need to draw is that you are not a medical expert, or a serious presidential candidate.