Texas mandating gardasil
The Family Research Council is now "satisfied" that Perry's sudden interest in HPV was based on Perry's "concern with protecting human life" at the time.
But a trip in the Wayback Machine shows that this is actually a case of Perry being hoist on his own petard: He tried to be a good Republican by doing what big business lobbyists paid him to do and now finds that conflicts directly with what the good Republicans of the anti-vaccine religious right want him to do.
The fact that Perry has had to change his mind in order to appease a constituency that prefers superstition to science, and disease over health, tells you how powerful the extreme right-wing of the Republican party has become.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Some conservatives and parents' rights groups worry that requiring girls to get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer would condone premarital sex and interfere with the way they raise their children.
By using an executive order that bypassed the Legislature, Republican Gov.
Rick Perry _ himself a conservative _ on Friday avoided such opposition, making Texas the first state to mandate that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the virus.
Texas governor Rick Perry has disavowed his decision to mandate Merck (MRK)'s Gardasil HPV vaccine for schoolgirls in Texas back in 2007 -- now that he's a candidate for president and needs the votes of the religious right to get the Republican nomination.
Beginning in September 2008, girls entering the sixth grade 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.