Bachmann Bet

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 8:39am

Bioethecist says he'll give up 10-thousand dollars if Michele Bachmann can verify HPV vaccine claim.

A bioethicist in Pennsylvania is taking offense to something presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said during an appearance this week on the today show.

In fact, Art Caplan is willing to put his money where his mouth is.

He is offering a ten-thousand-dollar challenge to Bachmann if she can prove her claim that the HPV virus caused major harm to a child.

Bioethicist Art Caplan says he'll cough up 10 thousand dollars of his own money if presidential candidate Michele Bachmann can produce three medical experts to verify a claim she made on NBC’s Today Show earlier this week about the vaccine to protect against cervical cancer.

Bachmann says her source for the comment was an unnamed mother, she met at the debate.

"Her little daughter took that, took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter. It can have very dangerous side effects," said Bachmann.

Caplan wants Bachmann to donate 10 thousand dollars to charity if she can't prove her claim the centers for disease control says there have been minor side effects but no reports of mental retardation from the vaccine.

Doctor Caplan says it's time to stop playing politics when it comes to the health and safety of women.

"If you want to be president you have to do better than saying oh someone told me....that this may happen, about vaccines you can't do that. It's just not right given the devastation, the problems, the headaches that women have to go through with cervical cancer," said Art Caplan, of the Center for Bioethics.

Bachmann says she's not a doctor but was just telling the story of a mother who came up to her before the debate.

She has not addressed Caplan's challenge.

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