Skip to comments.Rick Perry's HPV Stance Grounded in Case of Heather Burcham, Who Died of Cervical Cancer
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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Impossible, I’ve read here on FR that only sinners who deserve to die by stoning get HPV and cancer.
She may be dead, but at least she wasn’t retarded...
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.
Only sluts get HPV. They don’t deserve a vaccine. I’ve read that here on FR, shortly after the last debate.
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.
If only. If only we could just outlaw sex.
She died from poor medical care, not the lack of forced vaccination of young girls.
You and yer hubby seem to have a common theme to your posts
She died from cervical cancer.
She didn’t get a vaccine.
What’s your point?
Trotting out warm-n-fuzzy distraction stories, insults, straw man arguments, and demagoguery.
Yet another similarity that Rick Perry has with Obama: his supporters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ONLY one who said that was you, Grunthor.
Please also let us know why/how she was misdiagnosed.
Needs to be said.
Rick Huckaperry, compassionate republican.
Has the Southern Poverty Law Center weighed in yet on this?
“Please also let us know why/how she was misdiagnosed.”
I’m no doctor.
Never claimed to be a doctor.
Do you also oppose the whooping cough and measles vaccines?
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!
You don’t think that in 10 years of Texas politics, that this stuff wouldn’t have already been trotted out in Austin?
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I think we need to hear what Governor Perrys saying. Hes 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 were 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.
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.
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.
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.
Speaking of the last debate, did you notice how Romney was attacked by Palin and Bachmann?
“at the force and compulsion of the government”
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.
How are these transmitted?
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?
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.
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.
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.
What a vicious thing to say.
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.
And who posted that drivel? You?
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.
Isn’t that the truth...little ole’ sideshow for the few political junkies in America.
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