Mandating gardasil vaccine
Bypassing the Legislature altogether, Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
A top official from Merck’s vaccine division sits on Women in Government’s business council, and many of the bills around the country have been introduced by members of Women in Government.In addition, he ordered that Medicaid offer Gardasil to women ages 19 to 21.Perry, a conservative Christian who opposes abortion and stem-cell research using embryonic cells, counts on the religious right for his political base.“He’s circumventing the will of the people,” said Dawn Richardson, president of Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education, a citizens group that fought for the right to opt out of other vaccine requirements. There’s no emergency except in the boardrooms of Merck, where this is failing to gain the support that they had expected.” Opt-out option for parents Texas allows parents to opt out of inoculations by filing an affidavit objecting to the vaccine on religious or philosophical reasons.Even with such provisions, however, conservative groups say such requirements interfere with parents’ rights to make medical decisions for their children.