By Leslie Carol Botha
PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 14, 2011 – When the Monday night CNN / Tea Party Express Republican candidates’ presidential debate turned to the constitutionality of healthcare mandates, Representative Bachmann voiced her opinion as the mother of three daughters and the foster mother for 23 other foster girls when she stated: ‘To have innocent little 12-year old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just flat out wrong. That’s a violation of a liberty interest.’
On Tuesday morning, Bachmann was interviewed on CNN’s American Morning and shared that a mother approached her after the debate and spoke about the very serious consequences her daughter experienced after getting Gardasil.
Bachmann is speaking for millions of parents who believe that mandating a government injection is wrong. She also spoke about the pressure placed on families by doctors and educators even if there is an ‘opt-out’ clause. According to Bachmann ‘Little girls who have a negative reaction to this potentially dangerous drug don’t get a mulligan. They don’t get a do-over. The parents don’t get a do-over.’ 1
Bachmann also blasted Texas Governor Rock Perry with the question that the parent of every adversely injured child is asking ‘is this [vaccine] about life or millions of dollars?’
Everyone by now knows that Perry retorted that Merck’s political action committee gave his campaign $5,000.
In what year was that Governor Perry? It appears the Merck has donated over $25,000 over the course of Perry’s career: $1,000 in 2000; $5,000 in 2002; $10,000 in 2004; $1,000 in 2005; $5,000 in 2006; $2,500 in 2008 and $5,000 in 2010.1
The figure is actually very low for a state as large as Texas….could it be that donations are being funneled from elsewhere – say from a relatively new biotechnological company in Texas? The comment below was posted to an article written by Ed Silverman of Pharmalot fame titled: “Rick Perry And The Gardasil Controversy, Take Two”
‘Interesting to note that a company in Texas with which Rick Perry has a connection with is Gradalis Inc. Move the letters around and it spells Gardasil. In May 2010, Perry’s office gave $3 million to fund G-Con, another Texas Pharma, owned 10% by Gradalis, Inc. The executives of G-Con and the CEO of Gradalis have all given substantial thousands to Perry’s campaign. It was rumored back in 2007 that Perry made a lot of people wealthy, including his family, by mandating the Gardasil vaccine in the State of Texas. If there is government involvement, there is no free market.’2
Gradalis Inc. is a fully integrated biotechnological company in Dallas Texas that focuses on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of drugs, vaccines, tools and diagnostics, primarily in the area of cancer.3 Gradalis? Gardasil? Hmm…
Damage Control at CNN
Meanwhile, back at CNN Elizabeth Cohen did multiple interviews with the station’s news anchors on the HPV vaccine – it was obvious her job for the day was to emphatically state in every way she could that the HPV vaccines are safe – and any adverse injuries reported from Gardasil including paralysis are ‘coincidental.’ Might one ask how much Merck spends on advertising on CNN –or, the other major media networks, for that matter?4
National media outlets are now quick to jump on the bandwagon as doctors and public health leaders speak out to correct misinformation regarding the safety of HPV vaccines that prevent cervical cancer after Bachmann attacked the vaccines as “dangerous” when she related her conversation with the mother of an adversely injured girl mother who blames the shots for her daughter’s mental retardation.
But, there’s no evidence that the HPV shot — or any other vaccine — causes retardation, says O. Marion Burton, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.5
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Merck & Co’s marketing department timing couldn’t have been much worse with their BusinessWire press release Tuesday announcing a new partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. ‘Merck Partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) on Historic Initiative to Help Address Cervical and Breast Cancer in Developing Nations,’ seemed to do little except cast further doubt on the integrity of the pharmaceutical giant.6
The big bad wolf is hiding once again in sheep’s clothing while portraying their humanitarian interest in partnering with the foundation to disseminate breast and cervical cancer information to women in Africa. According to the release Merck will be contributing ‘$3 million over three years to the Pink Ribbon–Red Ribbon initiative to help address both cervical and breast cancer in sub-Saharan African nations by supporting disease education, screening and treatment efforts as well as increased access to cervical cancer vaccination.”
After one gets over the initial ‘Awww ain’t that nice…’ it becomes pretty clear that Merck is using the foundation to develop new markets for their vaccine in countries where no adequate vaccine injury tracking systems exist, not to mention cervical screening.
Women who supported the Komen Foundation are already speaking out on Facebook. One woman writes: ‘This absolutely disgusts me! My grandmother struggled with breast cancer for years. All contributions from her funeral were donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. How dare these money hungry drug lords attempt to conceal their cruel and merciless intentions by allying with such a wonderful foundation. Completely sickening.’
SANE Vax Inc. agrees with Bachmann when she stated in another interview with CNN after the debate that Perry’s admission that he could have done things differently didn’t change the situation.
“It’s not enough to say, ‘I’m sorry. I was wrong.’ You have to get it right the first time,” Bachmann said.
It is time for medical consumers to be aware that Merck, the FDA, and CDC did not get the HPV vaccine right the first time. The adverse injuries and deaths to innocent previously healthy adolescents took one time…..one decision to get the vaccine series….. and for them there is no turning back either.
We can only move forward now that Bachmann has opened the door and exposed the ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing.’ It is time for their reckoning.
1. CNN – http://edition.cnn.com//2011/POLITICS/09/13/truth.squad. …
2. Pharmalot – http://www.pharmalot.com/2011/08/rick-perry-and-the-gard …
3. Gradalis Inc. http://www.gradalisinc.com/
4. CNN – http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/13/senior-medical-correspondent-elizabeth-cohen-fact-checks-the/?iref=allsearch
5. USA Today – http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011-09-13/Scientists-say-Bachmann-misstates-facts-on-HPV-vaccines/50390580/1
6. Business Wire – http://www.marketwatch.com/story/merck-partners-with-susan-g-komen-for-the-curer-on-historic-initiative-to-help-address-cervical-and-breast-cancer-in-developing-nations-2011-09-13?reflink=MW_news_stmp
7. CBS News – http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20105175-503544.html
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