Rick Perry – trying to get girls vaccinated against HPV was a mistake

Posted on September 1, 2011


Evangelical Christians vet Texas Gov. Rick Perry at retreat – latimes.com.

At one point, a participant noted that Perry disappointed many evangelicals when he backed the 2008 presidential bid of former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a social moderate who supports abortion rights, and asked whether he would pick a running mate who opposes them. Perry promised he would — excluding the possibility of tapping someone like Giuliani.

The governor was also asked to explain his attempt in 2007 to require girls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, a cause of cervical cancer. Perry reiterated his recent statement that such an effort was a mistake.

Thank you, mister perry, for turning a potentially teachable moment into a disgusting one.  I wonder if he really thinks it was a mistake, or if he’s saying that so he doesn’t have to suffer the wrath of the christian right.  Now, I don’t know enough about the HPV vaccination to say whether or not I would advocate for all young women to get it.  I’ve gotten it.  It should be available to women who want it.  It is a preventative health safety issue.  And if that is why Rick Perry originally thought requiring girls to get vaccinated was a good idea, he should stick to it.  It’s a pretty good reason, in my opinion.  And since he already is in good standing with the religious zealots, maybe they’d listen to him if no one else if he were to break down why hpv vaccinations are a maybe a good idea.  Not that i’d vote for this wanker anyway, but what does it say that he could potentially be crumbling under their pressure?