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Rick Perry's HPV Stance Grounded in Case of Heather Burcham, Who Died of Cervical Cancer
ABC News ^ | September 15, 2011 | GINA SUNSERI

Posted on 09/15/2011 9:55:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Heather Burcham died in 2007 when she was 31. Cervical cancer killed her. She was misdiagnosed at age 26, and by the time she knew she had cancer, it was too late for effective treatment.

But she changed lives by living hers so passionately.

She was deeply religious, quick-witted, loving, with a quirky sense of humor; and she was determined to save other young women. Her passion for a cause made her a "Person of the Week" on ABC's "World News" program in 2007. Heather likely would have been shouting from the rooftops in frustration, listening to the current political debate about the HPV vaccine.

For her, the HPV vaccine was about saving lives, not politics, not campaign donations. She probably would have been heartbroken to hear Texas Gov. Rick Perry backtrack from his commitment to have girls vaccinated against cervical cancer.

Perry made her the poster child for his HPV executive decision, and spoke eloquently at her funeral. What a difference four years later as he debates the topic with other Republican candidates.

Her words to ABC News in 2007 still resonate, in light of the current debate in which this one face of the disease has been lost amid the political rhetoric.

"I don't want to have died in vain," she said. "I don't want my life to have no purpose whatsoever, and if I can help spread the word about cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine, then I haven't lived in vain."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cancervaccine; cervicalcancer; gardasil; govmandates; perry; perry2012
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Gov. Perry didn't backtrack on his commitment. He did all he could and the Texas legislature did what their constituents asked.

Related:

KTRK TV: Cancer Victim’s Friends Come to Perry’s Defense

Cancer victim's friends come to Perry's defense [Gardasil]

1 posted on 09/15/2011 9:55:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Impossible, I’ve read here on FR that only sinners who deserve to die by stoning get HPV and cancer.


2 posted on 09/15/2011 9:58:50 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Sad personal story, but too much bad policy has been promulgated in response to sad personal stories.
3 posted on 09/15/2011 10:00:03 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

She may be dead, but at least she wasn’t retarded...


4 posted on 09/15/2011 10:00:03 AM PDT by Carling
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Still doesn’t take away from the fact that Rick Perry’s first, initial response to this issue was the Emotional Nanny-State response of Big-Government fixing the issue, forcing the Insurance Companies to cover this vaccine for a sexually acquired disease.

Why make everyone pay for something via increased insurance costs that not everyone needs?

That is nanny-state government at it’s best, and is also a form of soft-socialism.


5 posted on 09/15/2011 10:00:08 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Only sluts get HPV. They don’t deserve a vaccine. I’ve read that here on FR, shortly after the last debate.


6 posted on 09/15/2011 10:00:15 AM PDT by Grunthor (Perry, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Bachmann Pretty much in that order for now.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
A deadly hysteria - Bachmann’s vaccine lunacy -- ROBERT GOLDBERG, vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest
7 posted on 09/15/2011 10:00:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yep, ABC and the rest of the media are salivating to have Rick Perry as the GOP nominee. The guy is an October Surprise in cowboy boots.

There are probably 50 things they could choose from for an October Surprise.


8 posted on 09/15/2011 10:01:05 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in.)
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To: SoConPubbie

If only. If only we could just outlaw sex.


9 posted on 09/15/2011 10:01:17 AM PDT by Grunthor (Perry, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Bachmann Pretty much in that order for now.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Heather Burcham died in 2007 when she was 31. Cervical cancer killed her. She was misdiagnosed at age 26

She died from poor medical care, not the lack of forced vaccination of young girls.

10 posted on 09/15/2011 10:02:12 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Grunthor
Only sluts get HPV. They don’t deserve a vaccine. I’ve read that here on FR, shortly after the last debate.

That's a hilarious example of hyperbole, but can you tell me Grunthor, from the article, how did she get the cancer?
11 posted on 09/15/2011 10:03:00 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You and yer hubby seem to have a common theme to your posts


12 posted on 09/15/2011 10:03:41 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Moonman62

She died from cervical cancer.

She didn’t get a vaccine.

What’s your point?


13 posted on 09/15/2011 10:03:53 AM PDT by Carling
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To: Grunthor
If only. If only we could just outlaw sex.

Typical response from a Perry Apologist.

Still spinning the crap out of this issue, aren't you?
14 posted on 09/15/2011 10:04:20 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Grunthor

Trotting out warm-n-fuzzy distraction stories, insults, straw man arguments, and demagoguery.

Yet another similarity that Rick Perry has with Obama: his supporters.


15 posted on 09/15/2011 10:04:25 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It is ridiculous to claim that Perry backtracked his position on supporting the vaccine. All he did is regret manadating through EO and not work with the legislature.

I am not really impressed by how he simplifies his “regret” because he fought it tooth and nail until the last minute. But, that is different from saying he backtracked from his support for the vaccine or the need to vaccinate.


16 posted on 09/15/2011 10:04:32 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There is one thing that is a bit disturbing to me. Gov Perry is not coming out and explaining things clearly and concisely nor is he defending himself. That bothers me. We saw what happened to GW when he sat meekly while being butchered in the press.

If Gov Perry had simply stated the reasons for his decision, even though he went about it in the wrong way, very few would be wanting his head on a platter (and still do btw).

If Gov Perry would come out and explain the reasons behind his stance on immigration/in-state tuition, that would go far in shutting down the flamers.

Instead, he lets it slide (from what I’ve read/seen). That is a huge mistake.


17 posted on 09/15/2011 10:04:37 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (GOD 2012 because no one else will do)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If one sad story is enough of a justification for government to chip away at our rights, we might as well don the chains and shackles right now.


18 posted on 09/15/2011 10:05:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Perry has his warts, but that is what the vetting process is all about. Get them all out now so there is no “October surprise.”

Romney is a liberal from Taxachusetts. I don’t trust any Republican that was electable in Taxachusetts.

Michele Bachmann is a proven liar.

Ron Paul is an antisemitic nut.

No one else has the pull or the money to compete.

My tagline shows in order who I like for the nomination but I am not narrow minded enough to believe that Cain, Santorum or Gingrich has a chance in hell.


19 posted on 09/15/2011 10:05:58 AM PDT by Grunthor (Perry, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Pretty much in that order for now.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
I'm pretty certain the pro-Obama media would much rather the one ‘candidate’ that consistently polls 10 - 20 points behind their messiah. The election will be about the economy (ie jobs)..everything else is a sideshow.
20 posted on 09/15/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT by tatown (The only job Obama's ever created was the one he gave Larry Sinclair.)
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To: Grunthor; SoConPubbie

The ONLY one who said that was you, Grunthor.

Please also let us know why/how she was misdiagnosed.


21 posted on 09/15/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: SoConPubbie

Needs to be said.

Rick Huckaperry, compassionate republican.


22 posted on 09/15/2011 10:06:12 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Has the Southern Poverty Law Center weighed in yet on this?


23 posted on 09/15/2011 10:06:20 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in.)
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To: Diogenesis

“Please also let us know why/how she was misdiagnosed.”

I’m no doctor.


24 posted on 09/15/2011 10:06:51 AM PDT by Grunthor (Perry, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Pretty much in that order for now.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Never claimed to be a doctor.


25 posted on 09/15/2011 10:08:12 AM PDT by Grunthor (Perry, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Pretty much in that order for now.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Do you also oppose the whooping cough and measles vaccines?


26 posted on 09/15/2011 10:08:22 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: Carling

The vaccine may not have kept her from getting cancer anyway. I would NEVER take anything like this and if I had a daughter, I would not want her to take it either. You can still get cervical cancer whether or not you take this vaccine!
Plus there is NO way to know how this will affect you for the rest of your life or your offspring!


27 posted on 09/15/2011 10:08:31 AM PDT by Cricket24 (Proud to be a CONSERVATIVE WOMAN!!!!!!!)
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To: indylindy
Rick Huckaperry, compassionate republican.

Common ploy by deceitful politicians, wrap yourself in either an emotional or religious blanket when making excuses for your position on an issue when your position is not one of limited government or even morally correct.
28 posted on 09/15/2011 10:08:37 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

You don’t think that in 10 years of Texas politics, that this stuff wouldn’t have already been trotted out in Austin?


29 posted on 09/15/2011 10:09:23 AM PDT by RockinRight (Carter Obama and Reagan the nation!)
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To: indylindy

Mail.


30 posted on 09/15/2011 10:09:37 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RoosterRedux; jonrick46; deepbluesea; RockinRight; TexMom7; potlatch; ...
Perry Ping....

IF you'd rather NOT be pinged FReepmail me.

IF you'd like to be added FReepmail me. Thanks.

31 posted on 09/15/2011 10:09:37 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I think Rick Santorum said it best.

I think we need to hear what Governor Perry’s saying. He’s saying that his policy was right. He believes that what he did was right. He thinks he went about it the wrong way.

I believe your policy is wrong. Why — ladies and gentlemen, why do we inoculate people with vaccines in public schools? Because we’re afraid of those diseases being communicable between people at school. And therefore, to protect the rest of the people at school, we have vaccinations to protect those children.

Unless Texas has a very progressive way of communicating diseases in their school by way of their curriculum, then there is no government purpose served for having little girls inoculated at the force and compulsion of the government. This is big government run amok. It is bad policy, and it should not have been done.

32 posted on 09/15/2011 10:09:41 AM PDT by McGruff (Vetting - The process of examination and evaluation of a candidate's record.)
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To: SoConPubbie

There is no spinning going on here, nor is any needed. I am making fun of people that seem to believe that the compassionate policy would be to allow sluts to die.


33 posted on 09/15/2011 10:09:56 AM PDT by Grunthor (Perry, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Pretty much in that order for now.)
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To: Cricket24

Lucky for you, had you lived in Texas, you would have been able to opt-out of the vaccine.

I also pray that your daughters don’t get cervical cancer, because if they do, it will be on you.


34 posted on 09/15/2011 10:10:39 AM PDT by Carling
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To: All; shield
HPV test may be better predictor of cervical cancer than pap smear
35 posted on 09/15/2011 10:10:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Grunthor
Get them all out now so there is no “October surprise.”

Says the guy who just equated reasonable problems with Perry's action in this case to wanting women to die and outlawing sex?

You and the rest of the Perrycites don't want any of his record exposed. At least now. After the election when the Dems and media do it for us, you'll be able to say 'So, what, Obama did the same thing!!'.

And we'll have legitimized corrupt behavior and sink deeper into the abyss. w00 h00.

36 posted on 09/15/2011 10:11:04 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in.)
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To: Grunthor

Speaking of the last debate, did you notice how Romney was attacked by Palin and Bachmann?

Me either.


37 posted on 09/15/2011 10:11:04 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (GOD 2012 because no one else will do)
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To: McGruff

“at the force and compulsion of the government”

opt-out.


38 posted on 09/15/2011 10:11:05 AM PDT by Grunthor (Perry, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Pretty much in that order for now.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Whooping cough and measles are spread by casual contact. You can get them by simply sitting next to somebody who is infected.

Do you oppose requiring everyone must have the flu shot? The flu is very contagious and kills people every year.


39 posted on 09/15/2011 10:11:20 AM PDT by beandog (You can't elevate Perry by tearing down Palin)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
Do you also oppose the whooping cough and measles vaccines?

How are these transmitted?

40 posted on 09/15/2011 10:12:07 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Grunthor
Never claimed to be a doctor.

No, but by your post you implied you knew that she did not get this cancer because of her lifestyle choices, but it was somehow outside of her control.

Now, I'm not a doctor either, and it may have been possible for her to get it from her husband, I don't know. Somebody with a medical background will have to answer that for us, however, it is still morally wrong to force parents to accept a vaccine for a sexually acquired disease for their underage girls.

It is also wrong from a limited government perspective to force Insurance companies to cover such a vaccine as this spreads the cost to everyone, that's how insurance companies work. This is an example of soft-socialism.
41 posted on 09/15/2011 10:12:31 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Outlaw Woman

Well Bachmann I understand, Perry came in and took her support away so she set about lying her ass off about him.

Palin? Palin has a long history of backing....shall we say “less than conservative” politicians?


42 posted on 09/15/2011 10:12:48 AM PDT by Grunthor (Perry, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Pretty much in that order for now.)
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To: SoConPubbie

That’s what I was thinking. It doesn’t say she had HPV. If she didn’t than the vaccine wouldn’t have helped here anyway.


43 posted on 09/15/2011 10:13:17 AM PDT by beandog (You can't elevate Perry by tearing down Palin)
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To: Grunthor

Not getting the vaccine doesn’t mean they will die from cervical cancer.

Getting the vaccine doesn’t mean they won’t.

The vaccine protects against a very small number of the strains of the disease. The vaccine also only protects against the small number of strains for 4-5 years.

Right now today approx 50% of Americans have HPV. The annual death count is about 4000.


44 posted on 09/15/2011 10:14:14 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

You think? LOL...it has been non stop garbage against Perry. We even have FReepers that should know better...hey, barry and his campaign team have spend 10’s of million dollars to have conservatives eat their own. And it is working especially here at FR. Too bad FReepers aren’t able to understand the left is using you. You’ve played right into their fat little commie hands.


45 posted on 09/15/2011 10:14:44 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Carling

What a vicious thing to say.


46 posted on 09/15/2011 10:15:13 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: RockinRight

Many of them have been. Everyone knows about Horsehoe Bay. Everyone knows about Convergen, Thrumbovision, and the rest of the ETF pay-to-play horsecrap.

But they don’t have the resources of the national party or the national press. There will be a lot more digging and the stuff that’s already on the surface is nasty enough. I shudder to think of what they’ll find when they start really digging.


47 posted on 09/15/2011 10:16:40 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in.)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

And who posted that drivel? You?


48 posted on 09/15/2011 10:16:53 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: pgyanke

How is transmission relevant?

Is your point that cancer is the correct punishment for sin?

* As an aside, HPV can be transmitting causually, such as in a public laundry.


49 posted on 09/15/2011 10:16:54 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: tatown

Isn’t that the truth...little ole’ sideshow for the few political junkies in America.


50 posted on 09/15/2011 10:17:39 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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