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Bachmann: HPV Vaccine Might Cause “Mental Retardation”

Robin Marty

While hitting Perry on his HPV mandate, Bachmann claims the vaccine caused "mental retardation" in one recipient.

Have you been debating whether or not to get the Gardasil vaccine, or have your children get the shot?  Well, Republican Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann wants to warn you, it could cause “mental retardation.”

At least, that’s what some lady told her.

Via the Washington Post:

Post-debate, the Minnesota congresswoman sent out a fundraising appeal on the issue with the title “I’m Offended.” In interviews after the debate, she suggested that the vaccine could do permanent damage.

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“There’s a woman who came up crying to me tonight after the debate. She said her daughter was given that vaccine,” Bachmann said on Fox News. “She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result. There are very dangerous consequences.”

Bachmann repeated the allegation on the “Today Show” this morning, adding, “It’s very clear that corny capitalism could have likely been the cause, because the governor’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company.”

Nothing like an informed candidate presenting the fact on an issue to the general public.

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