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. Maynard says:

    Is it a Christian value to ignore reality?

  2. Phil says:

    Please, let us not be elementary. Rick Perry is a globalist. He supports NAFTA and other agendas that social conservatives largely ignore because they think he is pro-life.

    Rick Perry is handpicked by the big oil companies and the banks to run for office..plus it only makes matters worse that he was in attendance at the Bilderberg meeting this year and has not spoken about that elephant.

    Honestly, between Rick Perry and Obama, I’m not sure who will be better.

    If you want an honest opinion about the Texas governor, ask and listen to somebody who lives in Texas. They have his records in front of them.

    Phil

  3. Tommy M. says:

    Almost every politician (Republican, Catholic, Protestant, you name it) in Virginia voted for this. Except, of course, my dad, http://www.delegatebob.com :-)

  4. [...] seems to be going over well with pro-life advocates so far, as Joshua Mercer of CatholicVote.org praised Perry in a blog response, calling Perry’s decision to address the issue head on with an apology “good [...]

  5. Everett says:

    For me, we’re letting part of this be a red herring. The issue isn’t necessarily that the vaccine has potentially problematic side effects, or that it was unnecessary. The problem was that he was using the government to step into family life in a way that is completely contrary to the principle of subsidiarity. Vaccination decisions are ones that should be made at the family level, not at the government level. His apology sure appears to be one of expediency “I’m sorry this caused me so much trouble.”

    1. Brian C says:

      So you don’t think any vaccines should be mandatory? Compulsory vaccination in this country is how we effectively eliminated polio, smallpox, chicken pox, malaria,……

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