Over Gardasil: Merck Should Be Sanctioned, Gov. Perry...Impeached
Here's what we know of the scandal: It appears that staffers in the Perry administration met to discuss Gardasil (the drug) on the same day that Merck donated thousands to the governor's campaign. Perry then sidestepped the Texas legislature and mandated the vaccine. Though his office claims that the dates are 'just a coincidence', the implication that Perry peddled his influence is compounded by the fact that Merck has ceased it's heavy-handed, multi-state campaign to force the drug on young women.
Now here's my take on the situation: Despite hysterics on the right--that vaccinating young women against a sexually transmitted disease would promote promiscuity--the plain fact is that government mandated vaccines are for the purpose of stopping viruses that spread through casual contact, and HPV does not fit that criteria. Consequently, forcing such a vaccine on young women is a horrible violation of their rights. But even if you don't buy that children have rights, it's still a violation of the rights of the parents to determine what is best for their child. Merck's vaccine may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, and I've been involved in this debate long enough to have heard the horror stories about what cervical cancer does to a woman, but the decision is still one that rests solely with the parents and their daughter.
Finally, a governor peddling his/her influence is unfortunate but all too common. A governor peddling his influence while, at the same time, using his position of authority to take advantage of one of our society's most defenseless groups is detestable! It's tantamount to child abuse, and Perry should be impeached and then indicted for it. And as for Merck, the co-conspirator in this little drama... I say slap the company with a set of big fat sanctions!
I will likely get my daughters vaccinated against this HPV, but it should be our choice.
Nothing but scum out of texas lately. I miss ann richards.
I will likely get my daughters vaccinated against this HPV
Pam...and I wholeheartedly agree that you should, but Perry...attempting to take that decision out of your hands for the benefit of Big Pharma? It stinks! He should be thrown in Huntsville!
I agree, it smells to lowest heaven. Merck is doing what companies do. But, is there a trail to/from the Gov. If there is, forget the impeachment and prosecute him.
UndeniableL... Well...we're going to see, this is just beginning. The documents with were only released two days ago, and another wrinkle seems to be that Perry's Chief of Staff is a former Merck lobbyist.
Dave... Using the old adage, "Follow the money..." the trail seems to lead right to Perry. I think that he's going to reap the whirlwind over this, but my many Texan friends say that Perry is scum with earhair. He'll probably claim immunity from prosecution or some such thing...thus impeachment first!
As for Merck -- I presently work under two former employees of that company, and I am not alone here in believing that they are a couple of the worst things to ever happen to us.
I don't have young children, and my grandchildren are all boys, so I don't have a dog in this fight, but I would urge anyone with a daughter who is thinking of having them vaccinated with this stuff to look into how well it has been tested, and what side effects it may have, before they do it.
Lew... This is particularly egrigious because it's children. An adult can refuse and accept the consequences, a child...for the most part can't.
Hedy... Welcome to Blognonymous. Not so much an attempt, I think. All I've heard is a lot of breathless pontificating on the subject.
...and my grandchildren are all boys
Cranky...actually you do. Some proponents of the vaccine have recommended that boys, who can pass on the virus, be immunized as well. Check out this article.
Fred...wouldn't that be the "secure in their persons..." clause of the 4th Amendment? But either way, it's definitely not kosher.
When it comes to public health, I'm OK with a little infringement on 1st, but a parent that wants not to vaccinate their child should have that right, I suppose. But public school is a privilege (not a right) and the state should also have the option of making that parent find alternative schooling for the child.
PoP... I haven't read much about the potential side-effects of Gardasil, but it is definitely got some parents concerned.
The bottom-line is that you're absolutely right about Perry. The decision to make it a standard vaccination is one for the Legislature on the advice of the Department of Health.
Read about the 11 deaths and over 3,000 adverse effects caused by Merck's death dosage (Gardasil). Guess they weren't "protecting the children". Oh no indeed, they killed them - 1 on the same day as the vaccination took place. One girl only 11 years old.
It is with grief and disgust that we read of these deaths which should not have happened.
MERCK'S GARDASIL VACCINE NOT PROVEN SAFE FOR LITTLE GIRLS