Doctors Offer $11K for Proof of HPV Story
Bachmann implied vaccine caused 'mental retardation'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 15, 2011 1:13 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Doctors are so outraged over the scare story about the HPV vaccine that Michele Bachmann told this week—and so sure it’s baseless—that they’re offering a hefty reward for anyone who can prove it’s true. In two interviews, Bachmann said a crying mother had approached her after Monday’s debate to say that her daughter had “suffered mental retardation as a result of that vaccine,” according to New York Magazine. Bachmann later backed off, saying she was just repeating what a woman told her.

But that’s not enough for University of Minnesota bioethicist Steve Miles, who has offered a $1,000 reward if the woman Bachmann spoke to can come forward with medical evidence to prove her claim, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. His old boss, the head of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, jumped in and one-upped him, offering a $10,000 bounty. “These types of messages in this climate have the capacity to do enormous public health harm,” Miles explains. “It’s an extremely serious claim.”

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Sep 16, 2011 5:29 PM CDT
Pwned by the MD's.
Sep 16, 2011 1:06 PM CDT
If elected, she'll make Jenny McCarthy the Surgeon General.
Sep 16, 2011 10:30 AM CDT
America has a long way to go, still a solid glass ceiling waiting to stop women from suceeding, maybe we should start stoning them like in Obawmas home land of Musli-rabia. Sexist racists attacking the Christians, attacking the Whites, and Thats because most White people i know are Native Americans, Scientists can say anything they want and lie about it being true just to garner more grants for "research" like shrimp on a treadmil and one of the best minds in American Politics gets attacked for being a woman standing up for womens rights.