Stupid – it be them…
Oh crap-be-gone… WHY does this keep coming up???????
C’mon – if you’re trying to score political points with your fellow troglodytes, please pick something that won’t hurt kids, OK? Like claiming Obama is a socialist. Or a Canadian. Still stupid, but it won’t hurt anyone.
… it has been deeply disturbing to hear Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaking from the fear-mongers’ playbook. During last week’s debate in Tampa among the Republican presidential hopefuls, Bachmann described the vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) in sinister terms, calling it “flat out wrong” to have “innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection.” Making matters worse, Bachmann told TV interviewers after the debate that a mother had come up to her to say her daughter had become mentally retarded after receiving the HPV vaccination.
Presidential candidates get big megaphones and an outsized opportunity to steer the national debate. But there’s an implicit requirement to be careful, and even by the low standards of political speech, Bachmann’s nationally broadcast suggestion that a vaccine can cause mental retardation was appallingly irresponsible.
If Bachmann had bothered to check before repeating the story, she would have found that there has been no link between the HPV vaccine and mental retardation after 35 million doses. Though every vaccine can have side effects, those have to be measured against the greater good. HPV causes almost all of the more than 12,000 cases of cervical cancer that occur every year, killing about 4,200 women, and the best time to administer the vaccine is before girls become sexually active.
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