AUSTIN, Texas — Bypassing the Legislature altogether, Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
By employing an executive order, Perry sidestepped opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents’ rights groups who fear such a requirement would condone premarital sex and interfere with the way Texans raise their children.
Beginning in September 2008, girls entering the sixth grade — meaning, generally, girls ages 11 and 12 — will have to receive Gardasil, Merck & Co.’s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.
Perry also directed state health authorities to make the vaccine available free to girls 9 to 18 who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines. In addition, he ordered that Medicaid offer Gardasil to women ages 19 to 21.
You have a legitimate point about Perry, but the content of the question is lost when your source is a 4 year old article. Maybe it would have gotten a different response if you were to have posted who the players were and the executive order he signed mandating the vax (noting that it was overturned by the state legislature).
FWIW, I didn't say you hated him, just that you might not like him.
As for Perry and his decision, I really don't know what was at the heart of the whole thing. I don't know if he really had the concern of women's health at heart, or if there was a payoff involved (strictly because it's politics). He should have expected the response he got, especially considering that the vax was new.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:32 AM on Jun. 5, 2011
Answer by meriana at 12:09 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Please notice the date on the link: updated 2/3/2007 1:00:35 PM ET 2007-02-03T18:00:35
He may have signed an executive order but the state legislature took him to task and overturned it:
Roughly 60 state lawmakers called on Perry to rescind the order. He refused. Just six weeks after Perry put pen to paper, the Texas House rebuked him on March 14, 2007, passing HB 1098, overturning his executive order by a vote of 119-21. The Senate followed suit the following month by a vote of 30-1.
Answer by QuinnMae at 1:13 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:03 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by Sisteract at 12:15 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by -Eilish- at 12:55 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
She doesn't need to since it's not a law. The Texas legislature went around his executive order to stop it. Perry caught a lot of flack for that (all deserved). This all happened over 4 years ago.
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:41 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by Jacqalyn at 12:12 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by PTmomma3 at 5:55 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by minnesotanice at 12:44 PM on Jun. 4, 2011