Bioethicist Bets Bachmann $10,000 She Can’t Find Anyone Who Became ‘Retarded’ From HPV Vaccine

Two bioethicist professors are betting more than $10,000 that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) cannot produce a victim who suffered “mental retardation” from the HPV vaccine. University of Minnesota professor Steven Miles first challenged the Bachmann campaign, offering $1,000 for medical proof of Bachmann’s mysterious victim. Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics Art Caplan raised the stakes by putting an additional $10,000 on the line:

If she can produce a case in one week starting today verified by three medical experts that she and I pick of a woman who became ‘retarded’ (her words) due to HPV vaccine I will donate that [$10,000] to a charity of her choice. She must donate 10k to a charity I pick if she fails to do so.

Miles’ reason for challenging Bachmann is because he said messages like hers can “do enormous public health harm.” The Bachmann campaign has ignored both challenges.

Bachmann raised a storm of anger and skepticism from the medical community when she told Fox News on Monday night about a woman who claimed the Gardasil vaccine for HPV led to brain damage in her daughter. Medical experts have unanimously discredited Bachmann’s story, including the American Academy of Pediatrics.


— Rebecca Leber