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Perry: executive order requiring young girls to be vaccinated against HPV wasn't mandatory
PolitiFact Check ^ | January 29, 2010

Posted on 06/19/2011 1:02:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

When Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order in 2007 requiring all Texas girls to receive a vaccine against the human papillomavirus before entering the sixth grade, lawmakers balked and blocked it.

Critics said the vaccine, Merck & Co.'s Gardasil, was too new to declare safe. Some said too that Perry's order would infringe on parental rights or give girls a false sense of security, leading them to be sexually active too young.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, one of Perry's opponents in the GOP gubernatorial primary, frequently slams Perry's stilled order.

Perry has stood by his action, most recently casting it as having created an optional vaccination requirement.

"That piece of legislation was not mandatory, in the sense of when you can say no, something's not mandatory," he said during the second Republican gubernatorial debate Jan. 29.

A just-say-no gubernatorial order? We decided to check.

What we found: On Feb. 2, 2007, Perry issued an executive order — not a piece of legislation, as he said — requiring the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to adopt rules mandating all girls entering sixth grade to receive a vaccination against the types of HPV, a sexually-transmitted virus, that causes most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts.

The order included an opt-out "in order to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their children's health care." Perry ordered the Department of State Health Services to allow parents dissenting for philosophical or religious reasons to request a conscientious objection affidavit form. That form, which has been available since 2003, enables parents to enroll their children in public school even if they lack state-required immunizations. It's automatically granted as long as parents provide all required information.

According to the Department of State Health Service's 2008-09 immunization report, which uses data from kindergarten and seventh-grade students at 1,300 independent school districts and 800 private schools, 0.28 percent of the students filed conscientious objection forms.

Parents must renew exemption affidavits every two years to maintain their validity, according to Allison Lowery, assistant press officer at the Texas Department of State Health Services.

We thought the opt-out form for public-school students proved Perry correct until we learned that not all private schools accept the affidavit. That means some private schools may not allow their students to exempt themselves from any state-required vaccinations. Some 15 percent of more than 1 million Texas girls in fifth through 12th grade in 2008 were enrolled in private schools, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to a 2006 Texas Attorney General's opinion: "A private school that does not accept state tax funds is not required to accept for enrollment a child who has received an exemption from the immunizations required by the Texas Health and Safety Code."

In its policy for Catholic schools, the Catholic Diocese of Austin states: "Immunizations are not in conflict with the Catholic faith. Conscientious objections or waivers, which may be permissible for enrollment in public schools, do not qualify as an exception to this policy." Catholic schools in the diocese do accept medical exemptions, meaning if the immunization could somehow harm the child, it's not required to enroll.

We wondered if the diocese's policy in favor of requiring state-mandated immunizations would have extended to refusing the opt-out form for girls subject to the HPV vaccination.

Perry aides may have had the same question. According to internal e-mails published online by Hutchison's campaign (also obtained by the Austin American-Statesman under Texas open records laws in 2007), Brandon LeBlanc, then the governor's community affairs public liaison, wrote Feb. 6, 2007: "I don't have an answer for the questions I'm getting regarding private schools. Apparently Catholic schools in particular will require all state vaccines, but won't except (sic) the exemptions. My first inclination, assuming this is true, is that this is for the parents and the schools to sort out. Is there a better answer to this 'problem'?"

Nora Belcher, then assistant director at the Governor's Office of Budget, Planning and Policy, replied: "I believe in the short term your answer is the correct one, plus, enrolling in Catholic school is a CHOICE (for parents, anyway)."

In February 2007, the Roman Catholic Bishops of Texas came close to saying they wouldn't require the vaccine, issuing a statement recommending that "civil authorities should leave this decision to parents."

But would parochial schools absolutely have left that particular vaccination decision to parents? Margaret McGettrick, director of education at the Texas Catholic Conference, the statewide association of the Roman Catholic diocese in Texas, recently said the superintendents, bishops and accreditation commission at the association responsible for setting school policies never formulated policy specific to the HPV vaccine.

McGettrick said "it's a non-issue for us" because the HPV vaccine was never added to the state's list of required immunizations once lawmakers froze the order until the starting date of the 2011 regular legislative session.

Allison Castle, Perry's press secretary, said: "We consider (the order) null and void and (Perry) will not pursue it in the future."

En breve: Perry did issue an order requiring schoolgirls receive the HPV vaccine. In arguing that his order was not a mandate, Perry points to the Conscientious Objection to Immunization form that lets parents of public school students decline immunizations without consequence. The burden to file and refile the notarized forms on time falls on the parents.

However, our research determined that it's not certain the opt-out would have been accepted for the 15 percent of Texas girls attending private schools. Also unknown: Whether every Catholic school would have allowed students subject to Perry's order to abstain from the three HPV shots in the vaccination series.

Ultimately, the governor issued an order for the Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner to "adopt rules that mandate the age appropriate vaccination of all female children for HPV prior to admission to the sixth grade."

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a mandate is "a clear instruction, authorization or direction." Perry says the executive order wasn't mandatory, which, according to Webster, means "demanded or required."

But that's what Perry's order did: it set up a requirement. Just because there's a loophole — a way to "say no," in the governor's parlance — doesn't mean the requirement doesn't exist. Physical education classes are also mandatory to graduate high school, but if you have any number of health conditions, you can skip the timed mile.

We rate Perry's claim Barely True.


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KEYWORDS: cervicalcancer; enforcedmedicine; healthcare; hpv; nochoice4children; nochoice4you; vaccine
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I rate this Truth-O-Meter misleading and spun to hurt Rick Perry.

Take time to read the article so you can judge for yourself.

The "true-o-meter" conclusion rests on too much conjecture for me.

I understand the HPV vaccine program was always an "opt-out" program.

1 posted on 06/19/2011 1:02:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

An “optional vaccination requirement”...

An optional requirement? Is that like dry wetness?

He signed the executive order, and now he wants to backpedal.

This man does not deserve our votes.


2 posted on 06/19/2011 1:09:51 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I sincerely hope and pray that Governor Perry will admit he was mistaken in his judgment on this issue. He truly was. The Vaccine itself was not fully proven. And, add to it the ties his staff had to Merck?


3 posted on 06/19/2011 1:11:48 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: PastorBooks

Explain where the above posted article supports your position.


4 posted on 06/19/2011 1:13:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: PastorBooks

I am just as bothered by his “stance”.

But, could you please educate me on which politician deserves your vote based on the criteria you set regarding “backpedaling”?


5 posted on 06/19/2011 1:13:46 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: indianrightwinger
....And, add to it the ties his staff had to Merck?

That has been brought up.

Please help me explain to the thread what was illegal.

Was anyone brought up on charges or was nothing illegal involved?

6 posted on 06/19/2011 1:15:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: indianrightwinger
....And, add to it the ties his staff had to Merck?

That has been brought up.

Please help me explain to the thread what was illegal.

Was anyone brought up on charges or was nothing illegal involved?

7 posted on 06/19/2011 1:15:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: PastorBooks

At the least it does not look like Perry researched the ramifications of his action very well, and it’s ironic that the schools at which the most trouble with this ethically and morally problematic vaccine would have arisen were private institutions which are often religious. Why didn’t Perry bring all this up when the initial brouhaha arose?


8 posted on 06/19/2011 1:17:16 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I am not making an arugment about illegality. It is a simple matter of poor judgment.

Hope that Governor Perry would just say so and this issue will disappear.


9 posted on 06/19/2011 1:18:32 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: HiTech RedNeck
...Why didn’t Perry bring all this up when the initial brouhaha arose?

Obviously it was.

10 posted on 06/19/2011 1:18:43 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Perry ordered the Department of State Health Services to allow parents dissenting for philosophical or religious reasons to request a conscientious objection affidavit form. That form, which has been available since 2003, enables parents to enroll their children in public school even if they lack state-required immunizations. It’s automatically granted as long as parents provide all required information.”

Why should the parents have to go through this trouble? The govt. should have to jump hoops, not the parents.

I’ve read that the vaccine was for girls as young as nine years of age.


11 posted on 06/19/2011 1:20:50 AM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The funny thing about Rick is that at first glance at a press photo I can’t tell him from Mitt-happens until I study it for a second.


12 posted on 06/19/2011 1:21:46 AM PDT by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: indianrightwinger

Can’t vouch for the source — but fwiw:

Feb 23, 2011: “Gov. Rick Perry is apparently fed up with questions surrounding his executive order requiring Texan pre-teen girls to be vaccinated for human pappilomavirus, a variety of viruses that cause most cases of cervical cancer: On Thursday, pressed with questions about the mandate while trying to promote a plan to sell the state lottery and use the proceeds to fund cancer research, Perry snapped at reporters. “I wish you all would quit splitting hairs, frankly, and get focused on are we going to be working together to find the cure for cancers,” he said when asked when he decided to issue the executive order. “No, I can’t tell you when.”

The vaccination order has drawn fire from several angles from day one: some opponents say it would encourage young girls to be sexually active, others wonder about the safety of the relatively new Gardasil vaccine and some have questioned Perry’s ties with Merck, the vaccine’s maker: Perry’s former chief of staff lobbies for Merck, and AP-obtained records show that Perry’s staff was meeting with Merck representatives for months before the company donated thousands of dollars to the governor’s re-election campaign last year. Merck has been lobbying state governments to require the Gardasil vaccine for young women — it stopped earlier this week — but Perry spokesman Robert Black said the meetings last year were about the possibility of providing the vaccine to women on Medicaid. “There was no discussion of any kind of mandates,” Black told the AP. Perry pointed out that the $5,000 his campaign received from Merck was a fraction of the $24 million he raised, but observers said the amount isn’t the problem. “Whoever’s setting up that meeting, they ought to be chewed out, you know, for not looking at everything and saying, ‘Now wait a minute, could this cause any questions down the road?” said state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Rockwall).

Perry told reporters yesterday that the possibility of preventing cervical cancer in some women was his main goal in issuing the order earlier this month. “When a company comes to me and says we have a cure for cancer, for me not to say, ‘Please come into my office and let’s hear your story for the people of the state of Texas, for young ladies who are dying of cancer,’ would be the height of irresponsibility,” he said. “Whether or not they contributed to my campaign, I would suggest to you, are some of those weeds that we are trying to cut our way through.” On Wednesday, a state House committee OK’d a bill that would rescind the vaccination order; a similar bill is in committee in the Senate. Perry said he’s not sure whether he would veto the legislation if it reached his desk: “I highly respect the legislative process that we have, and so I would respectfully tell you that we will let it play its way out.” [end text]

http://houstonist.com/2007/02/23/perry_to_world.php


13 posted on 06/19/2011 1:24:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: 3boysdad
Perry's the one with Sarah Palin:


14 posted on 06/19/2011 1:26:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Sun
Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet
15 posted on 06/19/2011 1:29:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Was anyone brought up on charges or was nothing illegal involved?

There's illegal, and then there is unethical, and just plain stinking.
16 posted on 06/19/2011 1:29:45 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I understand the HPV vaccine program was always an "opt-out" program.

Americans shouldn't be required to "opt out" of something as draconian as forced vaccinations for minor children.

Being given the opportunity to opt in would be the American way.

Rick Perry got it wrong, and all the back-peddling and double talk in the world can't change that.

17 posted on 06/19/2011 1:30:03 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Perry told reporters yesterday that the possibility of preventing cervical cancer in some women was his main goal in issuing the order earlier this month. “When a company comes to me and says we have a cure for cancer, for me not to say, ‘Please come into my office and let’s hear your story for the people of the state of Texas, for young ladies who are dying of cancer,’ would be the height of irresponsibility,” he said. “Whether or not they contributed to my campaign, I would suggest to you, are some of those weeds that we are trying to cut our way through.” On Wednesday, a state House committee OK’d a bill that would rescind the vaccination order; a similar bill is in committee in the Senate. Perry said he’s not sure whether he would veto the legislation if it reached his desk: “I highly respect the legislative process that we have, and so I would respectfully tell you that we will let it play its way out.” [end text]

And none of this takes away the stink of Perry using the power of Big-Government to push something that was for a disease that, for the more part as I understand it, is contracted by girls/women who are sexually active.
18 posted on 06/19/2011 1:32:22 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Sorry, Perry is either a ruling elite statist issuing orders, or too stupid to make sure it doesn't look that way.

Big screw up for those who believe in small government, liberty, and parental rights.

19 posted on 06/19/2011 1:34:33 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One of the biggest issues brought up in this article for me is that he called an executive order legislation.


20 posted on 06/19/2011 1:34:55 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is pure spin of old news by the left to try and derail Perry. The left is scared to death of him.


21 posted on 06/19/2011 1:36:46 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: SoConPubbie

Lobbyists contribute to campaigns — it is a fact of life.

I’d rather someone in private industry push a candidate, than a massive union (say the number one money and muscle behind Democratic party elections — teachers unions — public sector unions) confiscating dues to push more government rules and regulations down on us — have their president give private companies to unions (Government Motors) or prevent private companies from moving to right to work states (Boeing).

Texas is business friendly. Go shout it from the roof tops.


22 posted on 06/19/2011 1:37:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

CW,

What should worry you, is that this is nanny-statism.

Perry either sincerely wants to use the power of the Government to “Take Care of You” or this is an attempt to make himself look good by using the power of the Government “To Take Care of You”. Either way, from the perspective of a libertarian Republican (Reagan), it doesn’t look good.


23 posted on 06/19/2011 1:38:07 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Solution: Don’t have sex outside of marriage, particularly if you are nine years old.

Parents should decide if their child should get the vaccine, not the govt., or the GOVERNOR.


24 posted on 06/19/2011 1:38:42 AM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I didn’t realize the E.O. mandating the vaccine was under Perry as I don’t live in TX and that was a bit ago. I do remember following the story. As an RN, I was pretty horrified that an unproven vaccine that already had problems with serious side effects was being made mandatory, especially when it was for a sexually transmitted infection. It was also suspect for being done by E.O. with the ties to Merck which I do remember. While I realize that politicians have lots of contacts, the Merck association is highly suspect to me. One more reasons added to my list of why I won’t vote for Perry. As for the “opt out”- when I was recently considering a move to Texas, I had to request the opt out forms from the state. So...several weeks to finally get the forms to find that it’s not so simple as a signature. Thankfully, I didn’t have to move because I’m sure the exemption wouldn’t have been coming back very quickly from the state government. So, yeah, opt out after dealing with state bureaucracy and red tape.


25 posted on 06/19/2011 1:39:22 AM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick over 40)
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To: SoConPubbie

You are right about Governor Perry getting it wrong. But, you also seem to imply at the end of your comment that “sexually active” females deserve to suffer the consequences is not right. If there is a medical innovation that can help and save them, why not? Of course, an unproven one, and a government mandadated on like Gardasil is not the right answer. I agree with that part.


26 posted on 06/19/2011 1:40:35 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: MacMattico
Executive Order: RP65 – Relating to the immunization of young women from the cancer-causing Human Papillomavirus.
27 posted on 06/19/2011 1:41:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The opt out option was designed to be difficult to effect, and by making it required, would mean mega-bucks for Merck for those that only knew their children were getting “required vaccines”.

It’s very disingenuous to suggest that the effect of this wasn’t to line Merck’s pocket, after it had lined Perry’s pocket, and by using statist methods to do so.

Perry was very wrong on this. If the vaccine was such a boon, it should have been presented as an option and left for parents to decide - not the Gov by executive fiat. “I know what’s better for you than you do” is not an attitude that we need more of in Washington.

Call this whatever you like: it’s not conservative.


28 posted on 06/19/2011 1:41:17 AM PDT by ziravan (Are you better off now than you were 7 Trillion Dollars ago?)
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To: pops88
......One more reasons added to my list of why I won’t vote for Perry......

That's certainly your choice.

29 posted on 06/19/2011 1:42:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Navy Patriot

OK. I agree with your point about Governor Perry on this one issue. So, that is deal killer for him? Who is the purist in your mind?


30 posted on 06/19/2011 1:43:50 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: SoConPubbie
And none of this takes away the stink of Perry using the power of Big-Government to push something that was for a disease that, for the more part as I understand it, is contracted by girls/women who are sexually active.

Do you know someone who has/had cervical cancer?

31 posted on 06/19/2011 1:44:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“adopt rules that mandate”

Just because obamacare can be waived makes it no less a mandate. What would have been the difference? Gardasil has since been proven dangerous to such young girls. What if he had gotten his way? How many lawsuits would be hitting Texas because of it? Finger in the wind politics and impulse politics is a bad way to govern...and if he had succeeded and damage result, investigations would surely have followed...so what IF there was a big pharma connection? Problem is, we don’t know. And I ALWAYS wondered why perry jumped into this with both feet.
Don’t thnk it won’t be covered by the leftstream media like a blanket if he jumps in.


32 posted on 06/19/2011 1:46:26 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Sarah Palin is the mirror by which evil reflects back upon itself until consumed out of existence)
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To: ziravan
Call this whatever you like: it’s not conservative.

It will be interesting to see how the MSM uses some conservatives' concerns on this to help Obama win re-election.

33 posted on 06/19/2011 1:47:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: SoConPubbie

Reagan was not a libertarian republican.


34 posted on 06/19/2011 1:47:03 AM PDT by ansel12 (America has close to India population of 1950s, India has 1,200,000,000 people now. Quality of Life?)
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To: MestaMachine
“adopt rules that mandate”

Where is that quote?

35 posted on 06/19/2011 1:49:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: TexasFreeper2009
...The left is scared to death of him.

"Liberals always tell you which Conservatives they fear the most." -- Rush Limbaugh

36 posted on 06/19/2011 1:52:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Sex among girls in the age group targeted by this order is considered statutory rape. This conservative Texas mom thinks “protecting” young girls should be focused on the exposure to the disease instead of requiring a poorly tested vaccine for the victim of the crime.


37 posted on 06/19/2011 1:52:42 AM PDT by myprecious
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To: TexasFreeper2009

The left is not scared of perry. They feign it, but outside of Texas they will destroy him. Texas is where perry should stay because the national media will wipe the floor with him.


38 posted on 06/19/2011 1:54:56 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Sarah Palin is the mirror by which evil reflects back upon itself until consumed out of existence)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t, but I know my nephew, who was so severely damaged by a “mandated” DPT shot that at the age of 27, he functions at a 2 year old level.

Nobody’s doing that to my children.


39 posted on 06/19/2011 1:56:21 AM PDT by Politicalmom ("Obama has put the wrong gas in the tank of our economy."-Herman Cain)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Ultimately, the governor issued an order for the Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner to "adopt rules that mandate the age appropriate vaccination of all female children for HPV prior to admission to the sixth grade."
40 posted on 06/19/2011 1:56:55 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Sarah Palin is the mirror by which evil reflects back upon itself until consumed out of existence)
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To: MestaMachine

Hmmmm...I don’t understand the point. Because the media would hate him, he should shirk from running? What logic is that?


41 posted on 06/19/2011 1:57:02 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It will be interesting to see how the MSM uses some conservatives' concerns on this to help Obama win re-election.

That is an extremely weak argument. As if the MSM will only bring this up because conservatives do. Also, you suggest that any criticisms of GOP primary candidates only serve to help Obama in the general.

What then? Shall we not vet our candidates because it might give the other side ammo? Nice argument. How has our current non-vetted President worked out for you?

This article focused on the HPV vaccine. There are plenty of other issues that the MSM will bring up about Perry's so-called conservatism - and they'll bring them up whether we do, or not.


42 posted on 06/19/2011 1:59:45 AM PDT by ziravan (Are you better off now than you were 7 Trillion Dollars ago?)
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To: ziravan
.............This article focused on the HPV vaccine. There are plenty of other issues that the MSM will bring up about Perry's so-called conservatism - and they'll bring them up whether we do, or not.

I posted this thread, to what, hide the HPV issue? No.

I posted it to discuss it.

Post your other Perry issues.

Let's get it out there.

43 posted on 06/19/2011 2:04:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: ziravan

That is rigth on. Vetting Governor Perry on this issue is absolutely the right thing to do. In fact, like I said in my other posts, he erred on this issue and should simply say so.


44 posted on 06/19/2011 2:04:22 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: MestaMachine
Ultimately, the governor issued an order for the Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner to "adopt rules that mandate the age appropriate vaccination of all female children for HPV prior to admission to the sixth grade."

Then it goes on....

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a mandate is "a clear instruction, authorization or direction." Perry says the executive order wasn't mandatory, which, according to Webster, means "demanded or required."

When they pull out the dictionary MestaMachine, you have to get a bit skeptical about their purpose.

45 posted on 06/19/2011 2:08:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Old News?

I did not realize there was a statute of limitations on poor political decisions.

So, according to you, any decision an elected official made prior to 2008 should not be discussed?


46 posted on 06/19/2011 2:09:32 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: indianrightwinger

Texas occupies a very unique place in this country. It’s almost a world of its own. It’s a great state and it is full of great people, but outside of Texas, what is unique to Texas is really not in the public awareness. No one really pays that much attention to perry, per se. That would change if he was to run for national office and perry is as unique to Texas as Texas is to the rest of the US. GWB got some scrutiny, but not nearly what he would have if poppi bush wasn’t his daddy. Perry does not have that luxury or that backup and perry is not without warts, idiosyncrasies, and big money ties that would not sit well with a lot of people. He looks good from far away.


48 posted on 06/19/2011 2:12:15 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Sarah Palin is the mirror by which evil reflects back upon itself until consumed out of existence)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why should any governor be issuing executive orders for HPV vaccination?

Shouldn’t that be the parent’s/child’s choice?

I want far less government in my life. I don’t want the do-gooders forcing on me what they think is best for me.


49 posted on 06/19/2011 2:13:28 AM PDT by DB
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh, I AM skeptical about THEIR purpose, but I also wonder how an executive order that is a MANDATE is not mandatory for the reason stated in my original post.


50 posted on 06/19/2011 2:17:49 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Sarah Palin is the mirror by which evil reflects back upon itself until consumed out of existence)
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