It’s still a bad idea and based on an evil notion.
Thanks for posting this. I didn’t realize there was an easy opt out provision. That eliminates one of the concerns I had about Perry.
This at least puts some context into Perry's decision, though it certainly does not justiify it.
This piece is inaccurate. Perry never “gave his signature of approval” when his mandate was overturned by the legislature.
Naturally, we all like to think our daughters/nieces, and all young women would remain totally chaste up to their wedding day. However, in this day and age, I would not bet the farm on the percentage of those remaining so even approaches double digits.
Even the best parents’ kids can fall victim to hormones. Most emerge unscathed from a health perspective. But the reality is that some become pregnant; others develop disease. From what I’ve heard from my hospice nurse friend, it is a horrible, horrible disease, and we’re talking about its affecting very young people.
If a vaccine is available against that disease, why would people object to its being made available, with the opt-out proviso? I don’t believe it encourages pre-marital sex. That doesn’t seem to require much encouragement. Kids are inundated day in and day out from birth with sexual messages. How credible is it that a teen is going to say, whoopee, I’ve had my gardasil immunization, I can go out and have sex now?
Keep on spinnin’
This is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
“Two HPV vaccines are licensed in the United States: a bivalent vaccine (Cervarix) containing HPV types 16 and 18 and a quadrivalent vaccine (Gardasil) vaccine containing HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18. Both vaccines offer protection against the HPV types that cause 70% of cervical cancers (i.e., types 16 and 18), and the quadrivalent HPV vaccine also protects against the types that cause 90% of genital warts (i.e., types 6 and 11). Either vaccine can be administered to girls aged 1112 years and can be administered to those as young as 9 years of age (15,16); girls and women ages 1326 years who have not started or completed the vaccine series also should receive the vaccine. HPV vaccine is indicated for girls in this the onset of sexual activity. The quadrivalent (Gardasil) HPV vaccine can also be used in males aged 926 years to prevent genital warts (17). Administering the vaccine to boys before the onset of sexual activity is optimal. Both HPV vaccines are administered as a 3-dose series of IM injections over a 6-month period, with the second and third doses given 12 and then 6 months after the first dose. Ideally, the same vaccine product should be used for the entire 3-dose series. HPV vaccine is available for eligible children and adolescents aged <19 years through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program (available by calling CDC INFO [800-232-4636]).”
Perry was amazingly stupid when he did this executive order. There is no excuse for such a thing. Spin it all you like there is nothing conservative about going outside the legislative process to mandate this kind of thing. And then to hang the bill of millions and millions of dollars around the Texas taxpayers necks. Bills to be paid forever, year after year. For an unproven drug pushed by people that were or had been close to Perry who made money off the deal.
It was equally stupid to not make the program opt-in.
FYI, I know several young women who have been shot up with that crap. Each of them have had side effects. One has had what are akin to very bad migraines. Before Gardasil she never had a headache in her life.
I have a suggestion. To put this topic to bed how about if Rick Perry, in public and verified by a doctor gets vaccinated with Gardasil? If the drug is OK and he defends it let him take the stuff!!!!!
No amount of posts by you will unrung this bell. Rick Perry made a stupid and politically nutty decision to construct and sign an executive order that was certain to be kicked back at him and kicked back hard. That is exactly what Texans and the legislature did. They kicked Perry right in the cajones!
Even still, with all that said compared to Obama Rick Perry poops jobs, diamonds and bricks of gold. Go Perry!
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.