by Jill Stanek
The Sacramento Bee reported yesterday that California Democrat Assemblyman Ed Hernandez withdrew his HPV vaccine mandate bill from a health committee hearing "after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed doubts." He says he will reintroduce it later.
The bill's original sponsor, Democrat Sally Lieber, dropped it after her family was discovered to own Merck stock. Will state Sen. Debbie Halvorson likewise drop her bill since Merck has admitted channeling $$ to her group, Women in Government, to promote the vaccine's mandate?
Actually, it appears Merck's paid WiG gals are all who are left supporting it. Even Planned Parenthood's Guttmacher Institute isn't crazy about it. CBS reported Sunday that women's groups. anti-corporate groups, anti-big government groups, vaccine opponents, social conservatives, and parents' rights groups have all lined up on the other side.
Meanwhile, both WiG and Merck have refused to tell me - or anyone - how much $$ Merck actually gave WiG to promote legislation forcing HPV vaccinations.