Professor Bets $10K That Bachmann's HPV Claims Aren't True

michelle bachmannJust when you think Michele Bachmann can't possibly say anything more incredibly ignorant/offensive/bigoted/factually incorrect ... oops, she did it again! This statement was so outrageous that people are demanding Bachmann put her money where her mouth is. In fact, they're willing to foot the bill themselves.

Two bioethics professors are offering to donate $10,000 to a charity of Bachmann's choice if she can produce medical records proving her shocking story about a girl who became "mentally retarded" after receiving the HVP vaccine is true. Which, of course, will never happen. Because Bachmann, in a spectacular display of psychosis, made the whole damn thing up. Obviously!


Look, I'm not even necessarily of the camp that thinks a mandatory HPV vaccine for girls is a great idea. But my reservations have nothing to do with the irrational Republican fear that vaccinating girls against the cancer-causing, sexually transmitted disease will turn them into wanton harlots. I just don't appreciate the government telling me what to do with my kid, no matter what it is. 

The fact that I'm not interested in promoting this vaccine renders me even more staggered by the irresponsibility of Bachmann's actions. The HPV vaccine results in mental retardation??? That's a heavy-duty accusation, and a dangerous one. Bachmann risked turning thousands of people against a potentially life-saving vaccine by inventing a tragic story to promote her own agenda.

Wow. Bachmann is either more brain-dead than we thought, or more malicious than we thought, and I don't feel great about either possibility.

So far Bachmann hasn't responded to the professors' challenge, the full extent of which states that she gets one week to produce her mythical "victim" or pay $10K to a pro-vaccine group. (As I mentioned before, if she does somehow manage to falsify records obtain proof of her story, the issuers of the challenge will give the same amount to a charity of her choice.)

My guess is that she'll just ignore the whole thing entirely.

Do you think Michele Bachmann will respond to this challenge?


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