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Texas Governor’s Order for Cancer Vaccine Blocked

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Posted on Apr 26, 2007

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has been rebuked by the state Legislature for ordering Texan girls to be vaccinated against HPV, the leading cause of cervical cancer. Lawmakers passed a bill by a comfortable margin that would block the governor’s order for four years.

Perry has been criticized for having close ties to the maker of the vaccine, but the main objection appears to stem from the notion that preventing sexually transmitted diseases somehow encourages promiscuity.


AP via Los Angeles Times:

Republican Rep. Dennis Bonnen, the bill’s House sponsor, said he thought it was fair and reasonable.

“I think the governor should see this as the Legislature making a very clear and respectful statement, and I hope he’ll accept our wishes,” Bonnen said.

The vaccine protects girls and women against strains of the sexually transmitted virus that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts.

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By Cyboman, April 27, 2007 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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I just learned what HPV was the other day. I suspect if you ask most college educated adults what it was they wouldn’t know either. Either way, Its almost certain that most teenagers don’t know what it is. I can’t believe there are people out there who would sacrifice teenager girls to cancer like this. They are murderers.

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By Hammo, April 27, 2007 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

The involvement of government authorities in medical situations is certainly complex. The HPV vaccine is a case in point, as is the abortion debate.

Imagine something of a medical nature that is truly an emergency such as a bird flu pandemic, and we must rely on current local and national leaders. Food for thought in:

“Avian flu outbreak in U.S. could lead to quarantines; Bush advocates use of military”

American Chronicle

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=11919

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By WykydRed, April 27, 2007 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

I adore your opening sentence, Thomas! You sound like me…

I for one am relieved by this decision and I hope it stays up to people to decide whether to get it or not. It isn’t that I don’t want to see girls or women die, and there is no religious ideology in my joy. The simple fact is, this vaccine was “developed”, undertested and tested in the wrong age group to begin with, and in less than two years after it was created, BAM! The filthy drug company was suddenly spending millions upon millions of dollars on politicians to force mandates through that would demand girls get injected with this stuff.

And I hope people were keeping track of which politicians raced and shouted and demanded that these horrific bills go through and immediately. I did. These are the politicians that, by their actions, admitted they took tons of money to BUY their positions. They did not so much as take into consideration that the facts proved this drug is not properly tested, they didn’t care that the drug company was using our children as test subjects!

How many drugs have been recalled and taken off the market since the Bushies made it easy for new “medicines” to hit the market? How many people have died in that time and it was the drug’s fault? Now the drug manufacturer decided they could easily get away with “in field testing” of this thing by forcing girls to get it. I’m glad I don’t have to learn how many did. But the ones who were rushed to the doctor by parents who didn’t check facts out first? Stand by. If they start dying a few years, the drug company will worm out of their vaccine causing it by simply blaming it on something else. So again, they’ll get away with murder.

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By ctbrandon, April 27, 2007 at 8:35 am Link to this comment

I tend to agree with the courts decision here. I don’t believe that any government official should have the right to tell parents what chemicals or vaccines they must inject into their children by law. There is too much corruption in the healthcare sector right now, and too much evidence that our elected officials are being influenced by money from lobbyists.

Make the drugs available. Give me the facts, the pros and cons. And then I will review them with my doctor and decide what is best for my child.

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By Matt, April 27, 2007 at 7:46 am Link to this comment
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While there are a lot of people who oppose the HPV vaccine for ridiculous anti-sex reasons, the Texas legislature did the right thing (not something I get to say often).  This is a brand new vaccine and while it has received FDA approval, there are still years of study necessary to know whether the costs and benefits truly justify it.  What happened in Texas is that the governor, at the behest of the company making the vaccine ORDERED its use, and immunized (so to speak) the company from any currently unknown liability for the vaccine’s use.  The governor has NO legal authority to order the use of this or any other medical product, nor to alter traditional tort law.  Widespread use of the vaccine may be a good idea (I actually believe that it is) but it is not such a good idea that it justifies giving arbitrary, unauthorized dictatorial powers to the governor.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, April 26, 2007 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment
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If there was a vaccine to prevent dick cancer these morons would make it mandatory in the womb.They would rather go to funerals than deal with sex head on.They know that the biblical based morality theme is not enough to stop teens from having sex so lets throw the threat of cancer in there.Unfortunately it is not the threat of cancer it is cancer.Getting the vaccine is not going to determine whether teens have sex or not but it will determine whether some of them will develop cancer and die.This four year hiatus they have proposed means that certainly some girls will die in Texas unnecessarily.What do they care they get to make some meaningless statement on sex.

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