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Feb. 16, 2007|
TEXAS LEGISLATURE WORKING TO VACATE HPV MANDATE |
The firestorm of controversy generated by Texas Governor Perry's Executive Order mandating that all little girls entering the sixth grade in 2008 be vaccinated against four strains of the human papillomavirus, the primary cause of cervical cancer, with a product named Gardasil, has not abated. In fact, a hearing will be held on Monday of next week in the Texas Legislature to consider HB 1098, authored by Rep. Dennis Bonnen. We want the bill to address the proper Education Code (38.001), to preserve the rights of parents whose daughters attend public, private, and parochial schools to be the sole decision-makers when it comes to Gardasil or any other similar vaccine, and to rescind the Governor's Executive Order. We will accept nothing less!
26 of the 31 state senators have signed a letter to Governor Perry asking him to withdraw his order which usurps the right of parents to make decisions regarding their minor children's medical care and, because the Governor bypassed and blindsided the Legislature in this matter, tramples on the separation of powers. People in Texas are ANGRY!
Gardasil is manufactured by Merck, which is spending millions of dollars to get the drug mandated in as many states as possible. At $360 for a three-injection regimen and a fresh crop of 11-year-old girls coming on line each year, Merck reportedly stands to make billions of dollars if the plan goes through. But, Governor Perry's action has brought about previously unknown facts about Gardasil that have raised alarm among parents. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have questioned the necessity and safety of Gardasil and have publicly opposed the mandate. Dr. Bill Hinchey, president-elect of the TMA, told the Houston Chronicle (2/7/07), "There are issues, such as liability and cost, that need to be vetted first." [emphasis added]
Last year the Associated Press reported the FDA warning that, "any advantage the vaccine provides in protecting against the four virus types could be offset by infection by any of the multiple [over 100] other types of HPV that the vaccine does not cover." The FDA further noted that "the vaccine may lead to an increased number of cases of a cancer precursor among patients already infected by any of the four virus types at the time they receive the vaccine, and whose immune systems have not cleared the virus from their bodies." (Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City, NJ, May 17, 2006)
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