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2/15/2007 1:48:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: Calls Needed to Protect Parental Rights

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Texas: Calls Needed to Protect Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Many of you are aware of Governor Perry's executive order, which was
recently issued, that will require the vaccination of 11-year-old
girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted
disease. He did this by executive order without consulting the
Legislature.

Perry's executive order requires the HSC to adopt rules regulating the
age-appropriate vaccination for all female children for HPV prior to
admission to the 6th grade.

He has caused quite a controversy in Texas with many groups and
citizens protesting this executive order. Representative John Zerwas,
the House's only practicing physician, said it best when he stated
that this executive order "to me represents a radical, unwise shift
away from the state's current policies for vaccinated children. To
start, though, HPV does present some serious health risks for women if
left untreated. It does not present the same level of public health
hazard as do the measles, mumps, rubella, and whooping cough. There is
a reason why vaccines for these other illnesses are mandated: they are
contagious disease that can be transmitted by virtue of an infected
child walking in a classroom and breathing. As in real estate,
location matters here, because the HPV cannot be transmitted without
sexual activity--and therefore, does not constitute a public health
risk that affects schoolchildren while in the classroom." Then he
proceeded to say how he was opposed to this vaccine.

In response to this vaccine, several bills have been introduced which
would preempt the governor's action and maintain that immunization
against HPV is not required for these young girls. One of these bills
will be heard in a committee meeting on Monday, February 19, 2007.

If you want to protest the vaccinating of 11-year-old girls against
sexually transmitted diseases, we urge you to call the governor and
your representatives.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call Governor Perry's office and ask for him to rescind his executive order regarding mandating immunizations for the HPV virus. You can give him this message:

"We believe that Governor Perry's executive order, requiring 11-year-old children to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted disease HPV, is offensive and violates my parental rights to make the best medical decisions for my children."

He can be reached at one of the following numbers:

1. (512) 463-2000--office

2. (512) 463-782--Governor's Comment line

3. (800) 252-9600--citizens hot line

4. (800) 843-5789

5. (512) 463-1849--fax

6. His website is: www.governor.state.tx.us


2. House Bill 1098 will be heard before the House Public Health
Committee on Monday, February 19, 2007. Before this meeting on Monday,
please call your own state representative and urge support of H.B.
1098 which states:

"Immunization against the human papillomavirus may not be required for
a persons' admission to any elementary or secondary school. This
subsection preempts all contrary orders of the governor."

You can find information on your representative by using our
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/.

3. You may wish to attend the hearing on Monday, February 19, 2007 to
testify in favor of HB 1098. The hearing will be in E2.036 after final
adjournment of the House. For an update on when the meeting will be
held you can call the House Committee on Public Health at
512-463-0806.

BACKGROUND:

The HPV vaccine is a new vaccine that the pharmaceutical community is
trying to get forced throughout the 50 states. At present there are
over 42 states where bills have been introduced to mandate or provide
the HPV vaccine to young girls before 6th grade. In Austin, Texas, the
cost for a round of shots, given by a private provider is about $700.
It's estimated that vaccinating all the 11- and 12-year-old girls in
Texas, is estimated to be around $56,000,000!

There have been no long-term studies of this vaccine. Children in the
9-year-old age group have been monitored for only 18 months and there
have been no studies on the carcinogenic risk or the general toxicity
of the vaccine itself. Between July 2006 and January 2007, there were
82 reports of adverse events filed with the Vaccine Adverse Event
Reporting System (VAERS) following the receipt of the vaccine.

Furthermore, there is no long-term study of the HPV vaccine. Young
girls vaccinated at 9 to 10 years of age can lose protection in the
15- to 30-year range when they are most susceptible to infection.

HSLDA is committed to advancing parental rights, and we believe this
is a blow against parent's rights in Texas. Thank you for your time to
make the call.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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