Texas Governor Goes Too Far.
The governor of Texas is WAY overreaching himself. At first glance, it
could easily sound like a good idea to require girls to be vaccinated
against Human Papillomavirus now that it’s been determined that doing so
can seriously cut back on the number of cases of cervical cancer.
Unfortunately, when you open this issue and look under the hood, all is
not so clean and simple….
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry ordered Friday that schoolgirls in
Texas must be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that
causes cervical cancer, making Texas the first state to require the
The girls will have to get Merck & Co.’s new vaccine against
strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that are responsible for
most cases of cervical cancer.
First of all there’s the way this was done. Mr. Perry very nicely
bypassed the Texas Legislature by using an executive order. This neat
little trick allowed him to get this done in spite of the fact that
there’s a LOT of people in Texas that didn’t want it. Apparently little
details like the will of the people who elected him, that he’s supposed
to represent, are unimportant to him.
Then there’s the fact that Mr. Perry has ties to Merck… His former
chief of staff is a lobbyist for Merck. The mother in law of his current
chief of staff is a state director for Women in Government, an advocacy
group that Merck has apparently piped a bunch of money through them as
well as contributing to Perry’s reelection campaign.
Aside from the questionable nature of how this got done, there is also
the fact that this vaccine is still very new. It has not been around
long enough to have any idea of what it’s long term effects could be.
For all we know girls treated with it now could give birth to horribly
deformed children as a result. Unlikely you say? Perhaps, perhaps not.
We don’t have enough information to know for sure.
Finally, everything I’ve read about this human papillomavirus is that it
is a sexually transmitted disease. Excuse me for being really obvious,
but that tells me that abstinence before marriage and monogamous
relationships afterward would do a LOT to halt the spread of this and
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