Why should my innocent daughter with Down Syndrome, whose immune system is weaker than average, be forced to risk a reaction to the HPV vaccine, when she will never be involved in the activity which contracts this disease?
This is ANOTHER reason to homeschool. No wrangling with authorities over this one.
Here's Family Research Council's take on Governor Perry's true motivation:
On Friday, the controversy surrounding mandatory HPV vaccinations reached a
new peak when Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) issued an executive order requiring girls
who enter the sixth grade in 2008 to be immunized. Perry's action short-
circuited an issue that was currently before the legislature. Rather than allow
elected leaders to debate the bill and vote, Perry bypassed the legislature
altogether and imposed his will on the state's parents, many of whom object to
being sidelined on an issue that directly affects their children's health. Much
to the dismay of Texas conservatives, Perry's state will become the first to
require the vaccine. A series of strong-arm tactics is probably the last thing
the debate over this valuable vaccine needs. Merck and Co., the pharmaceutical company, which stands to make a considerable profit from the vaccine, has donated to various Lone State lawmakers and to Women in Government, an organization that has lobbied heavily for HPV mandates in a number of states.
Dawn Richardson, president of a citizens group, said of Perry's order: "There
are bills filed. There's no emergency except in the boardrooms of Merck, where
this is failing to gain the support that they had expected." Perhaps part of the
emergency is that rival company GlaxoKlineSmith is on the verge of releasing a
similar drug, Cervarix, which would create some unwelcome competition for Merck.
All of these tactics undergird why legislative debate, and not executive fiat,
is the right way to proceed. Preventing cervical cancer is a critical public
health goal; however, HPV is transmitted through sexual contact, making it much
harder for schools to justify mandating the vaccine as a requirement of public
school attendance. Parents should have had the opportunity to voice their views
to and through their elected leaders. By commandeering this issue, Gov. Perry,
who has championed family values, has only succeeded in arousing more mistrust.