Skip to comments.Why CMA supported Perry's HPV vaccination order
Posted on 08/26/2011 10:46:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
GOP presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking a lot of heat from some conservatives for issuing an executive order in 2007 that required middle-school-age girls to be vaccinated for HPV -- a sexually transmitted disease that is a main cause for cervical cancer.
Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association (CMA), says his group sent a letter to Governor Perry at the time. While remaining neutral, the CMA told him they were not opposed to his mandate, as long it included an easy opt-out for parents -- which it did.
"In most states, and Texas is an example, it has to be a mandated vaccine before Medicaid and other children's programs will cover the cost of the vaccine," Dr. Stevens explains about his group's stance. "Of course, the most at-risk populations for getting cervical cancer and sexually-transmitted diseases are those who are impoverished, and therefore, sometimes difficult decisions have to be made to assure that they're going to get provision for them, while at the same time letting parents who don't want their kids to participate ... opt out."
Stevens says Gardasil is an "excellent" vaccination, and he assures that getting it does not mean parents are encouraging their children to be sexually promiscuous.
"Your children may live a moral life and have someone come into their marriage that has HPV; your daughter may be raped by someone who has HPV," he poses. "And so through no fault of their own, [they may] get exposed to this virus, which can cause serious illness, including cancer."
Perry has since stated that issuing the order was a mistake -- and when the Texas legislature eventually overturned it, he gave his signature of approval.
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One more thing to mention to the thread.
Boys contact HPV too.
So where does that leave virgin brides if their husbands aren’t?
The idea of something like Gardidsil is plain old good common sense to reduce the incidence of diseases that could be much more than just irritating. Its the same exact issue with the school-age vaccinations. Requiring some relatively innocuous preventatives to keep from epidemics is a rightful function of government for the common good. No different than the purposes of the military.
The Opt Out clause gave parents, who were confident their 12 y.o was not sexually active, a reasonable excuse from the vaccination, because Gradisil was not needed in their case.
If you or your libertarian friends fail to grasp the concept, then you are simply being political.
Nice ASSumptions, all wrong. I followed the Gardasil issue all the way through.
The state does NOT have the authority to make such a vaccination mandatory for school. Children won’t get it sitting next to someone in school.
YOU get a clue.
Are you for real? Obviously you have a very difficult reading comprehension issue. Then again your Gardisil balone is not about reality and is solely about some demented libertarian blue-sky dream world politics.
Don’t states require pre-marital blood testing any more? Wouldn’t that show a problem? Or was that just related to the Rh factor questions?
Back in 1970 they were testing.
Not now, that I am aware of.
Thank you for bringing this up. There are two sides to the STD transmission issue, and, strangely enough, only the female side (contraction or transmission) seems to be up for discussion.
Why is that?
Anytime ANYONE wants to inject something into you and your kids... QUESTION IT! Seems pretty simply to me. Parents ARE the FINAL AUTHORITY regarding their children... what about that do people not understand. If you have a problem with a parent abusing said authority... make your case.. you SOB’s.
So.. government now needs to protect the ignorant from their personal decisions regarding sex? This type of gov’t control is quite new to me.
The very fact that government has involved itself with this issue is the problem... this is a personal, family issue..not a government issue.
Geez... how did anyone survive the “SIXTIES SEXUAL REVOLUTION” without government intervention? It comes right down to PERSONAL responsibility! A CONSERVATIVE concept, that is not entrenched in mandatory programs for vaccines. Leave it to the PERSON to decide to take the RISK! What the heck..??? Do you love your liberty and freedom or not????
The kali PDS coyote clique must be hanging out at the Med MaryJuana shops way too often.
Say that fast ten times.
It comes right down to PERSONAL responsibility!
Ok and 100% agree with that, but what about the apparently growing mass of those that never think beyond “how fast can I get my pants off” and carry their little hitchiker along to the other unsuspecting like mindeds AND eventually to either the population or to the “personally responsible” ones pocketbook?
Anyone who, for whatever reason, that doesn’t understand the addage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, is either a none thinker or is more interested in scoring some petty narrowminded libertarian political point. Which is it???
Did you just arrive on this planet, coming from Mars with ronpaul or are a new previously undocumented case of Rip Van Winkel?
No, they aren't going to say it like that. But those things can make a difference at the margin. I remember myself deciding not to go forward with sex at the last moment due to the possible consequences. If the consequences are removed one by one... you have lost all obstacles to promiscuous behavior.
That is all by design from the dimocrap playbook that LBJ put in play big time.
Thanks for posting. I’m the author of “A Dose of Reason,” and chair of the Family Medicine Section of the CMDA.
I thoroughly investigated the CMA position at the time. Dr. Gene Rudd, an OB/Gyn, was our VP at the time. He and Dr. Stevens, an FP, both made public statements to the press about the ethics statements of the CMDA and the legitimacy of the vaccine.