Sunday, August 14, 2011

HPV Vaccine for Pre-teens Without Parental Consent

The California legislature is now pushing through a bill to remove parental notification for children as young as 12 to receive the dangerous STD vaccine Gardasil.
“Sexual zealots in Californian politics believe that 12-year-old boys and girls are sexual animals that have no need or ability to control their own behavior.”
-- Paul E. Rondeau, director of communications for American Life League.
For background, read Thousands Fall Ill from HPV Vaccine and also read Researchers Question Efficacy of HPV Vaccine as well as Prepubescent Gay Boys' HPV Vaccination: FDA Consideration

UPDATE 9/23/11: Bill passes, awaits governor signature

-- From "Bill bypasses parents, puts youth at risk" by Becky Yeh, OneNewsNow California correspondent 7/19/11

Assembly Bill 499 -- authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins -- would give the government permission to administer sexual health treatments and to vaccinate children 12 years of age and up without parental consent. Current law permits minors to consent to some types of medical or dental treatment. The bill would allow the child to specifically consent to "medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease."

The bill is supported by groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "California mulls giving 12-year-olds STD vaccine Gardasil without parental consent" by Kathleen Gilbert, 8/12/11

The American Life League reports that each treatment of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, has an average cost of over $360, a sum that would be footed by taxpayers.

Gardasil, the most popular HPV vaccine, has been found to cause dangerous side effects and as many as twelve deaths in the United States alone.

The state had attempted but failed in 2007 to mandate HPV vaccinations for all girls entering junior high.

Hearings on AB499 are expected starting on August 15. If passed, California governor Jerry Brown is widely expected to sign the measure.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Vaccines Save Lives. Period." by Rod Moser, PA, PhD (primary care physician assistant) posted at WebMD 8/8/11

The HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine is one of our new vaccines designed to prevent cervical cancer in women. Preteen and teen girls who will eventually become sexually involved at some point in their lives are getting it. This virus does not jump up the vagina like a misdirected flea. The virus is transmitted from innocent-looking penises. Since the males of our species are the trustees of these problematic penises, they need to be vaccinated, too. Sure, condoms would stop this virus in its tracks, but condoms are not always used. HPV does not limit its cancer-causing potential just to the cervix. Oral and anal sex have grown in popularity among all sexually-active adults, straight and gay, so ENTs are seeing an increasing number of HPV-caused cancers in throats, tonsils, and anuses. Knowing this, some insurance companies are still refusing to pay for the HPV vaccine in boys. Of course, these insurance companies will pay for the cancer treatment.

I am always respectful of parental concerns. I listen to their side of the argument, read their strange articles they find on the Internet, but then they have to listen to me. Personally, I feel that a parent probably has the right to decide which disease they would like their unvaccinated child to get, but as humans, sharing this small planet, we need to think of others.

To read the entire opinion above, CLICK HERE.