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4.26.2007

As The Very Shallow Legislature . . .


. . . votes to slap down Gov. Rick Perry on his optional HPV vaccine for young girls, I couldn't help but notice this ad in the Dallas Morning News today.

Maybe some of our school kids today will get to join this study someday because our legislature was too stupid to care about the prevention of cancer.

Edit: In light of one of the most bizarre comments I've ever seen (summary: only sluts get cervical cancer caused by HPV), you might want to check here.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

This should be left up to the parents of ANY child, not the government. Good Gosh, Mr. Perry wants the SuperHighway, enough said!

Anonymous said...

Well, the whole thing smelled a little "fishy" to me when it started out.....

- Perry's Executive Order mandating the vaccine
- Mercks' political contributions to Perry
- Perry's ex-Chief of Staff now a Merck lobbyist
- Merck is the sole producer

C'mon Barry - I thought you were more liberal than this. Although it may be a good thing, it's not been properly tested, and you know what that eventually gets folks - babies born with flippers instead of hands and feet, yada, yada, yada.

goober said...

BSG...do some more research. This vaccine is NOT 100% fool-proof. It is morally reprehenable to FORCE someone to do something that could have serious adverse effects on as many as 3-4% of those who are vaccinated.

"What you FEEL is for you. What you DO affects those around you."

Anonymous said...

do tdhey make a vaccine for banjo whackin?

Anonymous said...

1:43 I agree with you....Perry needs to take care of his own business. This should be left up to the parents not the government.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry,

Do you really want the legislature or the governor dictating medical treatments for anybody? Maybe, you're even a bigger democrat than I thought!

I really think most parents and their family physicians are probably more capable than a bunch of politicians when it comes to issues such as this.

IMO, this is one of the best actions the legislature has taken in a long time.

Gleemonex said...

Anon 4:05: You do realize the government already mandates other vaccines, valuing the public's health over the strange reactionary puling of the few? For instance: Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), polio, diphtheria, Hep B, varicella ...

Anonymous said...

And attorney Barry who has no children of that age is such an authority on such matters?

Yep, 1:43 yada yada yada!

So who does have stock in this vaccine?

Anonymous said...

It is not a cancer vaccine. It is a vaccine against one of several strains of an STD...a somewhat rare strain that is usually picked up by people with exponential sex partners who in turn have exponential partners. And even if a person picks it up the onset of cancer is rare. So, if you're a slut or otherwise have a big family tree of sex partners, you MIGHT get this virus. And if you get it you MIGHT be the one in umpteen that develops cancer. Seems to me there's a better way to prevent this. HPVs reside in all our bodies. Very few strains become a problem. Anyone out there know of any girl or woman who has this strain? No. Yet the Governor seems to think it's practically unavoidable for some reason, that all females are walking around with their legs spread open for whomever and whenever. Save mandatory vaccines for things that transmit very easily and for which there is no real opportunity to avoid.

Anonymous said...

8:03 PM. Yes, I do. My 19 year old niece who has had ONE partner and is undergoing a hysterectomy next Tuesday. It's like pregnancy or unemployment????? It doesn't matter until it applies to you or someone you know.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'd rather give my $360 to the kids in Africa who are dying from malaria - about one every 30 seconds, so I seem to remember (according to American Idol Gives Back last night).

I think they can cure three or four little kiddos with just one packet of pills, which apparently only costs 2 bucks a pack......I think there was about 8 pills per pack, two pills per kid, 4 kids per pack.

Geezzzz.....some math-magician tell me how many sweet little African kids we could save from the death of malaria for the same amount of money we would spend on this bullshiate.

Sincerely,
Angelina Anonynothing

P.S. See - you can tell when a drug gets past the patents - they sell it to the world for 2 bucks a pop, but, if they are the sole provider (Merck and their ilk), they can charge $360 or golly, even more! They gotta pay for all that advertising some way.

IT'S FREAKING DISGUSTING PEOPLE.

M&M said...

gleemonex: Those are communicable diseases. In other words, you can just be in the same room as another person who has one of those diseases and could contract it. Which makes perfect sense why they are mandatory, when you have 22 kids packed in a classroom. HPV is only contracted through sexual activity. Totally different.

Anonymous said...

A vaccine that can prevent a vicious disease MOST of the time is available. Why would a caring parent not want to help protect their daughters from this disease? Remember - it is the young girls who will pay the price for their parent's stupidity or carelessness.

Anonymous said...

10:53, Why don't we test this vaccine on all those poor little afros?

Anonymous said...

I actually know several women who have this virus, one of which is pregnant and cervical cancer has developed. She is also pregnant and cannot receive treatment. She's not a slut, she's a faithful wife. I bet her mother wishes that she would have been able to vaccinate her daughter. Regardless of life styles, (HPV isn't always brought on from being a slut,) you don't know how your child is going to lead their late teen or adult life why not protect our daughters from something that has such a negative stigma and horrible consequences? I am an advocate for the vaccine to be mandated, and if I have a daughter she will be vaccinated. A vaccine is a lot easier to deal with then having a funeral for your child.