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Pushback Against Bachmann’s Gardasil Statement


By Donna Garner

Today’s pushback of Michele Bachmann has come from a writer named Ben Howe who has posted a caustic article on RedState: Bachmann Stayed Quiet on Mandatory Vaccinations While Serving Minnesota

Michele Bachmann did strongly criticize Rick Perry during the CNN Republican debate (9.12.11) for his executive order in 2.2.07 that required sixth-grade girls to receive HPV/Gardasil vaccinations before being allowed to enter Texas ’ public schools. 

Today’s pushback from Ben Howe condemns Bachmann for not speaking out about Minnesota ’s mandate in 1993 that requires Hepatitis B vaccinations without a parental opt-out. 

 

VIDEO:   Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum take on Rick Perry on HPV Vaccine Mandate during CNN Tea Party Debate 

What has been lost in the innuendo is that Michele Bachmann was not in the Minnesota Legislature in 1993. She did not get elected to the Minnesota State Senate until 2000. 

In 1993, Bachmann had been a tax attorney since 1988 and left that practice to be a full-time mom with five children of her own and numerous foster care children. 

Back in 1993 when the Minnesota legislature passed the Hepatitis B mandate, Bachmann had no “voice.”  She did not have the “microphone” to take a public stand against the Hepatitis B requirement. She was not a politician; she was a busy and involved mother.  

So much for Ben Howe’s misdirected allegations today – 

Gov. Rick Perry was in error when he signed an executive order on February 2, 2007 mandating that sixth grade girls be given the HPV/Gardasil vaccine before being allowed to enroll in Texas public schools. 

At a legislative hearing in that same month, Executive Commissioner of Health and Human Services Hawkins (waiting for confirmation) was asked whether HPV was a true communicable disease.  He answered, “…HPV is not a communicable disease and, in fact, is a sexually transmitted disease that poses no threat to anyone without sexual contact.”  During his questioning of Hawkins , Texas Senator Glenn Hegar also noted that the Gardasil vaccine provides at best only 70% prevention against cervical cancer and only 90% prevention against genital warts. 

Certainly parents are the ones who should make such a serious decision for their children.  HPV/Gardasil vaccinations are tied to the whole concept of abstinence-until-marriage vs. sexual promiscuity on the part of teens. 

Parents who give their 6th graders an HPV vaccination are basically sending a message to their children that they expect them to be sexually active. That can be a deadly message to send to children when caring parents ought to be clearly communicating the abstinence-until-marriage message for many reasons, one of which is so that teens will remain free from a whole host of terribly serious sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, Chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), genital herpes, chancroid, syphilis, and gonorrhea. 

When Gardasil was pushing their well-planned marketing scheme throughout the country in 2006-2007 by manipulating and funneling money through Women in Government (an organization for state and national female politicians), there were already clear-thinking citizens who knew Gardasil had certainly not had time to do any long-term, longitudinal studies done on young girls because the FDA had only approved the vaccine on June 8, 2006.   

The public’s fears were confirmed on 10.4.09 at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination (Reston, Virginia) when Dr. Diane Harper, the lead researcher of Gardasil (and Cervarix), stated, “The controversial drugs will do little to reduce cervical cancer rates and, even though they’re being recommended for girls as young as nine, there have been no efficacy trials in children under the age of 15.”  

Dr. Harper went on to say that Merck studied only a small number of girls under 16 who had been vaccinated with Gardasil but did not follow them long enough to conclude that the vaccine produced a sufficient number of HPV antibodies.

Another considerable problem arose for Gov. Perry when the cost of the Gardasil shots was brought to light. A series of three doses would have cost $360 per patient.  Low-income Texans would have had their shots paid for by the taxpayers – $72 Million a year ($29 Million in state dollars and $43 Million in federal dollars).

Some in the Texas Legislature made a concerted effort to get Gov. Perry’s attention (e.g., Hegar, Nelson, Delisi, Keffer, Zerwas).  On 2.9.07, Tex. Rep. Glenn Hegar sent out a press release in which he questioned how the Texas Director of Health and Human Services was going to implement the mandate when Gardasil’s own literature warned against giving the vaccine if the young girls were already pregnant.  Legislators wanted to know what agency would the state use to make sure sixth-grade, low-income girls receiving the taxpayer-paid “free” HPV vaccines were not pregnant before receiving the vaccine.  No state officials stepped forth to answer that question.

Finally on 5.9.07, Gov. Perry sent out a press release (that included a hard-hitting video in support of the HPV mandate) but said begrudgingly that he would not veto HB 1098 in which the Texas Legislature rescinded Perry’s executive order. 

Up until he began his run for the Presidency, Gov. Perry evidently still believed the Merck/Gardasil talking points; and I think he genuinely thought he was helping to spare the lives of women.  Unfortunately, he ignored the documented reports of adverse reactions and deaths from the Gardasil vaccine. 

On 8.15.11, Gov. Perry said he made a mistake when he ordered sixth-grade girls to get the HPV vaccination and that he should have gone through the legislative process. 

9.14.11, 11:00 A. M. — BREAKING NEWS: 

Legislation Introduced to Restore Abstinence Funding

September 14, 2011
Washington DC

Yesterday, legislation was announced on the floor of the House of Representatives that will restore funding for Abstinence –Centered Education by reallocating prevention funds for this purpose.  The Abstinence-Centered Education Reallocation Act, sponsored by Rep. Randall Hultgren (R-IL), is a bill that will put a priority on the sexual risk avoidance message found in abstinence programs. “ Since President Obama chose to eliminate all funding for abstinence education, this bill is a welcome sign that sexual risk avoidance can once again be the primary prevention message that youth will receive in classrooms across America,” stated Valerie Huber, Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education Association( NAEA).

The bill follows a recent HHS study, The National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents which reported that 70% of parents and nearly as many teens support the abstinence until marriage message. It also acknowledges the recent CDC report that shows teens are increasingly choosing abstinence with 68% of boys and 67% of girls ages 15-17 reporting that they have not had sex. “NAEA applauds the leadership of Rep. Hultgren who has taken legislative action to support these positive trends in the healthy decisions teens are making,” added Huber. “We encourage other Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2011 and urge the House to quickly approve the federal sex education policy change called for in this bill.”

Click here to read the bill.

 

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