Thursday, March 15, 2007

Governor Perry - Apparently No One Died And Left You King

A Bill challenging Governor Perry's vaccine order wins the vote in the Texas House and the Texas Senate support is strong.

Thank goodness the people in Texas know how to fight tyrants.

The Texas House voted Tuesday to unravel Gov. Rick Perry's order that all sixth-grade girls be inoculated against the virus that can cause cervical cancer, giving overwhelming support to a bill that would allow only the Legislature to mandate the vaccine in the future. None of this "Executive Order" nonsense.

After an emotional and confrontational three-hour fight over the issue, House members voted, 119-21, for a bill by Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, that says the vaccine for human papillomavirus cannot be required as a condition for school entry. Someone give Rep. Bonnen the "Legislator Of The Year Award."

The force of Mr. Perry's mandate – which lets parents opt their children out of the vaccine – was limited this week when Attorney General Greg Abbott said that a governor's executive order to a state agency does not carry the weight of law.

• The bill now heads to the Senate, where it has broad support.

• Once the House and Senate have passed identical versions, the measure goes to Mr. Perry. If he vetoes it and the Legislature is still in session, lawmakers could override his veto with a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate.

- The vaccine is relatively new, and it's unclear whether it has long-term side effects.
- Education and early diagnosis can also prevent cervical cancer.
- The bill would not keep anyone from getting vaccinated if they can pay the cost, and it would leave open the possibility of the state buying the vaccine for low-income Texans.
- The measure maintains parental control over medical decisions for children.
- Mandatory vaccination could give a false sense of security against sexually transmitted diseases and encourage girls to have sex.

See my previous posts on HPV Vaccine

also see where the bills are across the country and what's been happening with them.