POSTED BY ORHAN
Yesterday was the deadline for Michele Bachmann to accept University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Arthur Caplan’s challenge to produce a single person who’s developed “mental retardation” from Gardasil. Caplan offered to donate $10,000 to a charity of her choice if she could just locate the mystery woman whose daughter became disabled after being vaccinated for HPV. Bachmann never responded, probably because she’s been plugging her ears and humming to herself to prevent scientific facts from seeping in. Caplan says he’s still glad he made the bet because, “Politicians shouldn’t get away with hearsay. We need to hold candidates responsible for their sources.”
Posted in Current Events, elections, From Orhan's Perch, Idiot sighting, Politics, Science, the nation
Tagged Arthur Caplan, Bioethics, Gardasil, HPV vaccine, Human papillomavirus, Mental retardation, Michele Bachmann, University of Pennsylvania
Conservative Christians recoil at anything that touches – no matter how peripherally – on the assumption that females will someday have sex, and that’s only okay when making more little Christians. (Certainly, it’s never okay if the gals dare to enjoy teh sex.)
That, not government overreach, is at the core of the kefuffle over the HPV virus vaccine. That is what it’s really about. That is what it’s always about.
Let us note that Bachmann, who started the silly argument, is an evangelical Dominionist Christian. Those folks aren’t big on women’s rights.
Posted in 2012 Elections, feminism, health care, Makes me angry, Politics, religion, Rick Perry
Tagged Christian reconstructionism, Dominionist theology, health, HPV vaccine, Michele Bachmann, religious right, Rick Perry, vaccines