Be careful WHO you are voting for.
This guy also lied about the TRANS TEXAS CORRIDOR . He said that he nixed that project, but the funds are going to the same TYPE of project, but under a different name.
I believe Kathy Glass would be a better choice:
Texas – Debra Medina (R) shut out of the Republican Party of Texas’ 2010 Convention – We Texans will have their own
Gardasil Law Under Fire
A Virginia lawmaker has introduced legislation to repeal an outrageous state law that requires young girls to receive a controversial cervical cancer vaccine linked to dozens of deaths and thousands of adverse reactions nationwide.
Extensively investigated by Judicial Watch, the deadly vaccine (Gardasil) is mandatory for girls ages 11 and 12 in several states—including Texas, Maryland and the District of Columbia—despite its perilous history. Food and Drug Administration records obtained as part of Judicial Watch’s probe document negative side effects in a disturbing number of cases, including 3,589 in the last 16 months alone. Clickhere to see the government logs and read about Judicial Watch’s ongoing Gardasil investigation.
Despite the daunting evidence, at least 19 states have passed laws requiring funding or educating the public about the vaccine, which has been promoted by the pharmaceutical giant that makes it as a miracle shot that can prevent certain strains of cervical cancer caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Among states that have enacted Gardasil-related laws are Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan,Nevada, Rhode Island and Utah. In all 50 states, tax dollars help pay for the shots because the Centers for Disease Control makes them available through the federal Vaccines for Children program.
At least one lawmaker is taking the overwhelming evidence against Gardasil seriously enough to take action. Kathy Byron, a Republican who represents Bedford and Campbell counties in the Virginia House, is working to kill the state’s law requiring the HPV vaccine for girls entering sixth grade. Enacted in 2008, themeasure lets parents opt out only if they notify the school in writing.
Other efforts to nix Virginia’s Gardasil law have failed, but Byron, who voted against the legislation a few years ago, believes “new concerns” regarding the vaccine’s safety will strengthen support for her measure. She further points out that the HPV vaccine requirement is based on a condition that is not communicable in a school setting.
Indeed, the strains of cervical cancer that Gardasil’s manufacturer (Merk) claims to prevent can only be communicated by sexual contact and therefore don’t represent a danger to children or the general population.
<Meanwhile Rick Perry bypasses the people at every turn to get this passed. The Lobbies and the Unions have him hook line and STINKER. >
Texas governor orders STD vaccine for all girls
Decision comes after maker of cervical cancer shot doubled lobbying efforts
updated 2/3/2007 1:00:35 PM ET
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.
Perry, a conservative Christian who opposes abortion and stem-cell research using embryonic cells, counts on the religious right for his political base. But he has said the cervical cancer vaccine is no different from the one that protects children against polio.
“The HPV vaccine provides us with an incredible opportunity to effectively target and prevent cervical cancer,” Perry said.
Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass state laws across the country mandating Gardasil for girls as young as 11 or 12. It doubled its lobbying budget in Texas and has funneled money through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country.
Perry tied to Merck
Perry has ties to Merck and Women in Government. One of the drug company’s three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, Perry’s former chief of staff. His current chief of staff’s mother-in-law, Texas Republican state Rep. Dianne White Delisi, is a state director for Women in Government.
The governor also received $6,000 from Merck’s political action committee during his re-election campaign.
The order is effective until Perry or a successor changes it, and the Legislature has no authority to repeal it, said Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody. Moody said the Texas Constitution permits the governor, as head of the executive branch, to order other members of the executive branch to adopt rules like this one.
Legislative aides said they are looking for ways around the order for parents who oppose it.
“He’s circumventing the will of the people,” said Dawn Richardson, president of Parents Requesting OpenVaccine Education, a citizens group that fought for the right to opt out of other vaccine requirements. “There are bills filed. There’s no emergency except in the boardrooms of Merck, where this is failing to gain the support that they had expected.”
Opt-out option for parents
Texas allows parents to opt out of inoculations by filing an affidavit objecting to the vaccine on religious or philosophical reasons. Even with such provisions, however, conservative groups say such requirements interfere with parents’ rights to make medical decisions for their children.
The federal government approved Gardasil in June, and a government advisory panel has recommended that all girls get the shots at 11 and 12, before they are likely to be sexually active.
The New Jersey-based drug company could generate billions in sales if Gardasil — at $360 for the three-shot regimen — were made mandatory across the country. Most insurance companies now cover the vaccine, which has been shown to have no serious side effects.
Merck spokeswoman Janet Skidmore would not say how much the company is spending on lobbyists or how much it has donated to Women in Government. Susan Crosby, the group’s president, also declined to specify how much the drug company gave.
A top official from Merck’s vaccine division sits on Women in Government’s business council, and many of the bills around the country have been introduced by members of Women in Government.