Monday, March 12, 2007

Bill Requiring STD Vaccine in California

Gardasil mania continues unabated, as a California lawmaker has introduced a bill requiring girls to have the Gardasil vaccine before they're allowed to start seventh grade.

Parents who wish to "opt out" would be forced to write a letter or file an affidavit to exempt their daughter.

California Catholic Daily notes that the current bill omits parental notification about the vaccination...which could make it impossible for parents to have the notice needed to write the letters opting out. Randy Thomasson of the Campaign for Children and Families wants the bill amended to require written parental permission for the vaccine.

As the Washington Post recently noted, "Never has compulsory use of a drug been pushed with such breakneck speed."

I'm still wondering when the nanny state lawmakers are going to require mandatory circumcision, which also reduces the risk of contracting an STD. Interesting how selectively the legislators choose to impose measures to "protect life."


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