by Fran Eaton
Senator Debbie Halvorson successfully passed SB 10 (HPV vaccine mandate) through the Senate Public Health Committee last week, and can call the bill for a Senate floor vote at anytime.
As to the House's reaction, St. Rep. Naomi Jakobbson must be feeling confident that she's got the votes to pass her version of the HPV vaccine mandate. A Madigan staffer said yesterday in a Capitol elevator, "You're going to have a tough time stopping the HPV vaccine mandate."
Tell us something we don't know . . .
As always, Phyllis Schlafly tells it like it is. this time on the HPV vaccine controversy. From Mrs. Schlafly's recent column on the HPV vaccine mandate embarrassment:
The U.S. government spends billions of dollars to promote teenage abstinence from illegal drugs, and forces the tobacco companies to spend billions to promote teenage abstinence from smoking.
Why not put a fraction of the government's proposed vaccine costs into promoting teenage abstinence from sex?
Instead, the Perry mandate would force the vaccine on good girls who don't engage in premarital sex and don't need the vaccine. At the same time, girls who receive the vaccine will be given a false sense of security that will be even more costly to them than the high-priced vaccine is to the public.
The backlash against the mandate caused Merck to announce that it is suspending its lobbying campaign to make this vaccine compulsory, and the Texas Legislature is trying to cancel Perry's Executive Order.
Stay tuned; Merck's lobbying campaign has to shift gears, but it isn't going away because too much money is involved.
Link: Experimenting On Teen Girls.