The Cervical Cancer Blog » February 2007
February 9, 2007
Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana Won't Mandate Gardasil
Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana says he will not issue an executive order mandating the Gardasil vaccine for Indiana schoolgirls.
"No. I'm not sure I have the authority or any governor should have the authority to issue such an order on his own in our state," Daniels said this morning at his weekly media availability ... The issue is being debated in the legislature, and that, he said, is the proper forum.
February 7, 2007
Gardasil 'Not an Emergency,' Says Texas Senator
The way states are proposing bills on Gardasil right and left, getting every young girl injected with Gardasil appears to be some kind of national emergency that must be implemented right away or the sky will fall (or should we say Merck's shares will fall?)
Thankfully, some people are still calm and rational and not motivated by financial gain.
Several key Republicans urged Gov. Rick Perry on Monday to rescind his executive order making Texas the first state to require girls to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, chairwoman of the health and human services committee, said it perfectly:
"This is not an emergency," said Nelson, adding that she plans to ask Attorney General Greg Abbott for an opinion on the legality of Perry's order. "It needs to be discussed and debated."
February 3, 2007
Executive Order: Gardasil Mandatory in Texas
Texas Governor Rick Perry has issued an executive order making Merck's cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil, mandatory for all girls entering the 6th grade beginning in September 2008.
Perry bypassed the Texas state Legislature and ignored vocal opposition by parents throughout the state.
The AP is reporting that Perry has deep ties with Merck:
Perry has several ties to Merck and Women in Government. One of the drug company's three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, his former chief of staff. His current chief of staff's mother-in-law, Texas Republican state Rep. Dianne White Delisi, is a state director for Women in Government ... Perry also received $6,000 from Merck's political action committee during his re-election campaign.
Bravo to the AP for putting Gov. Perry's Merck ties out there. It is completely unethical that somebody with ties to a drug company would make an executive order that all girls should receive that company's vaccine. Why not let the bill go through the Legislature? What's the rush?
This kind of thing should be illegal in the United States. When it comes to our health, no government official should have the right to make an "executive order" that favors a corporation over the people.
February 1, 2007
Some Colorado Parents Oppose HPV Vaccine Bill
Some people in Colorado are upset about the proposed HPV vaccine bill to make the vaccine mandatory for all girls entering the 6th grade in that state. One parent said:
"This is a bill by Merck to pad the coffers of its shareholders under the guise of protecting girls," Heidi Hendricks, a parent of a teen daughter, said at a heated public hearing on the measure.
Supporters of the bill and those like it in other states insist the vaccine has been proven safe. However, they are not being completely upfront with parents and the public in general about the slightly elevated risk of autoimmune disease in Gardasil study participants.
Colorado Cervical Cancer Vaccine Bill Proposed
Colorado is the latest state to propose a bill to make Gardasil, Merck's cervical cancer vaccine, mandatory for all girls entering the 6th grade.
At least 18 states are considering such measures this year. Drug giant Merck & Co., which makes the only vaccine now available, has funded a group called Women in Government and many of the people who have introduced the bills, including the Colorado sponsor, Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, are members.