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Monday, February 26th 2007

People Resist Mandates

No surprise, but some families have filed suit against Governor Perry’s attempt to make the HPV vaccine mandatory for middle school girls.

The lawsuit challenges Perry’s authority to issue the order and seeks to block any state money from being spent on the vaccine until that question is resolved, said Kenneth Chaiken, the attorney representing the families.

“The school-age girls of Texas are not guinea pigs who may be subjected to medial procedures at the apparent whim of Texas’ governor,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in Travis County.

While I understand opposition to the mandate the lawyer’s plea of “school-age girls” as “guinea pigs” is just ridiculous. An HPV vaccine has been tested in more than 11,000 women in studies like this three-year one by Villa, et al published in The Lancet Oncology (Summary/Abstract, Registration Required).

Burnt Orange Report is hosting a copy of the lawsuit. In any case this lawsuit is moot. The article linked to above briefly mentions the Texas House of Representatives efforts to overturn Perry’s order. That bill is going to succeed easily,

Wednesday’s Public Health Committee vote was 6-3, with all the Republican members and one Democrat voting to reverse Perry’s order. Three other Democrats voted against the bill, which now goes to the full House for consideration.

Passage is all but guaranteed since 90 of the 150 House members have signed on as co-sponsors, said the author of House Bill 1098, Rep. Dennis Bonnen.

“I’m very pleased that the majority of the committee saw the wisdom of not putting every 11-year-old girl into a mandated situation of a vaccination that we don’t know all the facts about,” said Bonnen, R-Angleton.