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Texas House Rejects Order by Governor on Vaccines

{Editor's Note: This story is a victory of sorts for upholding parent's rights in Texas, but don't be deluded into thinking that the war, or even a battle, has been won. The fight to stop state-mandated vaccination funding, underwriting, school requirements, etc. is just beginning. Residents of the states mentioned below, about to pass their own pro-vaccine legislation, need to jump all over their governor's office and let him know that you don't want the state involved in vaccination decisions-period.. The convenient "opt-out" provision is a Machiavellian stratagem to allow passage of the law FIRST; then the "opt-out" provision can be quietly phased out at a later date when an appropriate "emergency" is manufactured which will require all school girls to be vaccinated-to "protect" them, of course. Note the same stratagem being applied in Britain to coerce people to knuckle under to the Big Brother bio-metric national ID card. Sure, you can "opt-out" from getting the ID card in Britain , but you will also be denied the ability to get a passport, own a car, etc. Any state government proposing these vaccine legislative laws are working hand in glove with the New World Order agenda (& drug companies) to enslave you. You must identify these NWO cretins and remove them from political office. Your children's lives-and liberty-are at stake. ..Ken Adachi]

By Dan Frosch
March 14, 2007

Six weeks after Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order making Texas the first state to require that sixth-grade girls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, the State House of Representatives voted 119 to 21 yesterday to approve a bill that would nullify the order.

If the Senate also approves the bill, the measure will go to Mr. Perry, a Republican, whose office declined to say whether he would veto it.

But Mr. Perry’s spokeswoman said the efforts to overturn the order would create a dangerous situation in which far fewer women might receive the vaccine. The spokeswoman, Krista Moody, said that Mr. Perry’s order simply threw the weight of the governor’s office behind the Health and Human Services Commission, the state agency that would administer the vaccine.

The order mandated shots of the Merck vaccine Gardasil as protection against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, starting in September 2008. While it was praised by health advocates, it caught many by surprise in a largely conservative state where sexual politics are often hard fought and where both houses of the Legislature are controlled by Republicans.

It also raised questions about the governor’s ties to Merck. The company’s lobbyist in Austin, Mike Toomey, was chief of staff for Mr. Perry from 2002 to 2004, as well as for a Republican predecessor, William P. Clements.

Ms. Moody said in a statement that the order “would help to protect 95 percent of young women in Texas against the strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer.”

“The governor,” she continued, “believes we should protect as many young women as possible — rich and poor, insured and uninsured — while maintaining parents’ rights to opt their daughter out of receiving the vaccine.”

The chief sponsor of the House legislation, State Representative Dennis Bonnen, a Republican from Angleton, said: “We believe that parents and doctors should make an informed decision based on their daughters’ specific personal situation. By no means am I or the members who voted for this bill saying that parents with their own choosing should not give this vaccination to their child.”

Last month, 27 state senators signed a letter requesting that Mr. Perry withdraw his order. On Monday, two Republican legislators, Senator Jane Nelson and Representative Jim Keffer, said the state attorney general, Greg Abbott, had told them that Mr. Perry’s action was more an advisory order than anything else. A spokesman for the attorney general’s office said Mr. Abbott would not comment on any internal communications with lawmakers.

Elsewhere, two states are on the cusp of adopting their own cancer immunization requirements.

In Virginia, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat, has indicated he will sign a vaccination bill, already on his desk, before March 26. The state’s budget for the coming fiscal year calls for $4 million to help girls from low-income families get the vaccine. Three-course shots of the medicine cost about $400.

In New Mexico, Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat who is running for president, has also pledged to sign cancer vaccination legislation. That state’s bill, which includes a provision similar to those in Texas and Virginia allowing parents to opt out of having their daughters vaccinated, has already cleared the Legislature. It is likely to reach Mr. Richardson by tomorrow.

“Governor Richardson will sign this bill into law, making New Mexico a leader in protecting girls against cervical cancer,” said Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for Mr. Richardson. “This is an important public health issue that deserves this type of aggressive action.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 10,000 cases of cervical cancer last year and about 3,700 deaths from the disease.

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