Rick Perry admits that he was wrong to mandate Gardasil vaccinations

In his first day on the campaign trail, Gov. Rick Perry does some good housecleaning, making amends in explaining his decision to mandate the vaccine Gardasil to 11-year old girls in Texas.

As I said earlier, his executive order easily could have hurt him with Catholic and evangelical voters.

When a voter in New Hampshire confronted Perry on this issue, he gave a great response:

“I signed an executive order that allowed for an opt-out, but the fact of the matter is I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry,” he said. “I hate cancer. Let me tell you, as a son who has a mother and father who are both cancer survivors.”

Perry said he’d invested government resources in cancer cures, adding, “I hate cancer. And this HPV, we were seeing young ladies die at the early age. What we should have done was a program that frankly should have allowed them to opt in, or some type of program like that, but here’s what I learned — when you get too far out in front of the parade they will let you know. And that’s exactly what our legislature did…

Had Rick Perry not addressed this issue, Michelle Bachmann surely would have pounced on it. I’m glad the Texas Legislature overruled Perry. And I’m glad that he calls it a mistake.

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27 thoughts on “Rick Perry admits that he was wrong to mandate Gardasil vaccinations

  1. Maureen McAllister says:

    He did it .. And now he is back tracking to get votes for president ..How come he didn’t come out before .. The reporter from in this article is def for Perry .. And not reporting te facts

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  3. David says:

    But Mary, he didn’t admit he made a mistake. Maybe misgivings about how he went about it, but doesn’t acknowledge anything wrong about Gardasil itself. Please check out the link from Children of God for Life that exposes the dangers of Gardasil.

    http://www.cogforlife.org/gardasilMerckAdmits.htm

  4. Mya Nameo says:

    Where did he actually address this? He blamed it on his parents’ cancer, and on “young ladies” allegedly dying from cervical cancer. 4,000 women died in 2006 died of cervical cancer (latest statistics) out of 220,000,000 people. That’s less than .2% of the population, hardly worth risking the side effects on young girls.

    1. dyz says:

      Truly. Why should we prevent 4,000 female deaths?

      HPV affects young men, too, in case you didn’t know.

      1. Joshua Mercer says:

        The Governor of Texas could have encouraged young girls to take the vaccine, even providing state aid to make it very accessible. There are in fact many ways in which the State of Texas could promote and encourage as many young girls as possible to receive the vaccine. But he should not have mandated that every single 11-year-old get the shot. My objection is that he made it mandatory.

      2. nancy says:

        Most strains of HPV clear up on their own (CDC website)and pap smears are effective screening tools (for cancer) with almost no side effects. When the benefits and costs of Gardasil are weighed, the costs are huge. Our girls take the risk and Merck gets all the cash. Not good medicine or public policy.

  5. MichaelL says:

    Where’s the love for Michele Bachmann? Texas Governor Perry is a George W. Bush clone. if you like neocon war mongers running the country and a hugely inflated national debt, then he’s your man. Any pro-Life positions he may take are just window dressing to bring the social conservatives on board. With Michele Bachmann you have a true pro-Life champion and a true believer in balanced budgets. And for those conservatives who actually like neocon war mongers, you’ll probably be pleased in that department as well. :)

  6. Sharon says:

    There are many things about Rick Perry that I like. However, the Gardisil issue has been troublesome for me. It doesn’t sound as though Perry has really grasped the enormity of his mistake yet. Gardisil’s side effects are not fully known, and it has caused some deaths. Gardisil only protects against a few strains of HIV, not against all of them. Not all HIV causes cervical cancer, and many cases of HIV disappear on their own. I am not certain he is aware of these facts. Yes, he is very charismatic, and only a charismatic candidate can beat Obama. But we need to be very, very discerning. Anything that looks too good to be true is usually not what it appears to be…including political candidates.

    1. Harry R. Sohl says:

      I, of course, disagree with everything you say, and am appalled by your ignorance, but please, please don’t go around miseducating others…

      It is patently false that “Gardisil [sic] only protects against a few strains of HIV”. In fact, no known pill does. Nor do “many cases of HIV disappear on their own.”

      HIV is different from HPV. Gardasil protects against HPV.

      I fear this is the level of understanding you have about medicine, science and politics.

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