Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Nanny State Republicans

Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, has personally mandated that all 6th grade girls must be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease that causes some forms of cervical cancer.

Parents can "opt out" for philosophical or religious reasons, but otherwise the vaccinations are mandatory for school attendance.

In issuing his executive order, Perry has thus bypassed not only parents (an "opt in" program would be more appropriate), but the parents' locally elected state representatives, some of whom are very unhappy with Perry's decree.

This is not an illness which can be caught merely by attending school, and Perry has no business unilaterally weighing the risks and benefits of a relatively new vaccination in place of each child's parents. If Perry is allowed to mandate vaccinations for a disease that cannot be acquired in the classroom, it's a short step from there to Big Brother making countless other medical decisions in place of parents. It's "for the children," of course. It always is.

Governor Perry obviously thinks that he, rather than parents, knows what's best for the state's 11- and 12-year-old girls.

And that mentality is one of the things that's increasingly wrong with politicians (and, I might add, many educators) in the United States.

P.S.: Look out, Florida, this school vaccination requirement may be coming to your state, too.


Blogger Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Laura. I had not seen the Miami Herald article 'til you linked it.

Yet another example of Big Government run amuck. If parents want to have their daughters given Gardasil, fine; however, this isn't a contagious epidemic. There is no reason to make the vaccine mandatory - except, of course, to please the drug company lobbyists. I believe Gov. Perry's ex-Chief of Staff is currently a Merck lobbyist.

From a scientific/health viewpoint, it is really disconcerting to give a vaccine to a large segment of the population when there has not been years of data collected on Gardasil.

I truly am not a conspiracy theorist and I'm not saying Gardasil is part of a dark plot, but as a Stargate fan (which I believe your daughter is as well), I find the Gardasil issue strikingly similar to "2010". We can't just be lemmings, taking what we're told is good for us, without getting more information and investigating issues ourselves.

Thus, Gardasil is reason #372 why I'm so glad we homeschool.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

This issue is indeed very distressing, all the more so because I am the mother of an 11- and an 8-year-old girl. I homeschool too, but I don't think politicians being so blatently bought is good in any case. We need more honest men with the stomach to brave politics.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I find Perry's close connection to Merck quite troubling...Another good article can be found here:


You remembered correctly about my daughter being a STARGATE fan! She filled me in on the plot of the 2010 episode -- that is a very apt comparison! :) I'm concerned about the increasing tendency of those on both sides of the political aisle to regulate all matters of our lives, whether it's vaccinations, light bulbs, or spankings, because they know what's "good" for us. What is the saying about the path paved with good intentions...?

Thanks for sharing your thoughts too, Barb.

Best wishes, Laura

8:18 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Postscript to Barb -- I looked at your profile, it is always nice to meet another Betsy-Tacy fan. :)

Best wishes, Laura

8:19 PM  

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