As a big (fake) supporter of Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert was shocked when fellow candidates attacked the Texas governor during Monday’s CNN tea party debate.

The toughest jabs that night came from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who slammed Perry for mandating that “innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection” to vaccinate them against HPV, a form of cervical cancer.

“I’m offended for all the little girls and parents that didn’t have a choice,” she declared.

“Bachmann, of course, is strongly pro-choice,” Colbert noted, “unless that choice is cervical cancer.”

“Folks, I am telling you, I am telling you, the only thing keeping our kids from humping at the bus stop is fear of the big ‘C.’ You let the government mandate a vaccine that helps prevent one form of cervical cancer, and you might as well let the U.N.’s jackbooted thugs hold down your little princess and inject her with pharmaceutical-grade slut juice. Giving your girl this vaccine is admitting that one day in the future she may have premarital or post-marital sex.”

Bachmann went even further the next day, telling NBC’s The Today Show that the possibility that mental retardation could be caused by the vaccine was a “very real concern” because an unnamed woman told her so after the debate.

The CDC has said that the vaccine is safe.

“So what I’m hearing here is that there is a disagreement in the scientific community on this issue,” Colbert joked. “On one side, you have the full weight of the medical and scientific establishment. And on the other side, you have Michele Bachmann citing studies in The New England Journal of Some Lady I Just Met.”

Watch this video from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, broadcast Sept. 14, 2011.