The People vs. Perry: Fallout of the Texas Gardasil Decision

On Saturday, February 3, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order to make the newly-released human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil mandatory for all young girls before entry into the sixth grade. Starting in the 2008-2009 school year, the new bill would allow parents to opt out of the vaccination if they provide documentation of religious or philosophical opposition. However, Perry (who has strong ties to Gardasil manufacturer Merck) hopes that most parents will see the vaccination as a necessary public health preventative measure, much like the polio vaccine when it was first introduced.

This decision has touched off a firestorm both online and off. BlogHers provide a guide to the controversy:

Writer, radio, television talk show host, and Texas mother of four Colleen Hammond provides information on safety concerns about Gardasil.

Feminist blog Evil Slutopia discusses 10 Facts About Gardasil.

Sara Anderson of F-Words: Feminism, Food, Fact and Fiction addresses the sociological implications of the vaccine.

Michelle, the author of Rosette Stone, questions whether Merck and Perry really have public health as their top priority.

What do you think about the newly-mandated vaccine?

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