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3/20/2007 1:33:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: Calls Needed to Protect Parental Rights

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March 20, 2007

Texas: Calls Needed to Protect Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Last month we told you about Governor Perry's executive order which
would require the vaccination of 11-year-old girls against the human
papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease.

In response to this executive order, H.B. 1098 was introduced. H.B.
1098 would rescind the executive order which mandates the HPV vaccine.

Good news! H.B. 1098 passed the House! The bill passed 119-21, which
exceeds the two-thirds majority requirement to override a veto. The
bill is now in the Senate. We need your calls to ensure passage of the
vote by a two-thirds majority in order to override the possible
gubernatorial veto.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please call your senator over the next two weeks and give this
message:

"Immunization against HPV should not be required for a child's
admission into school. Please vote for H.B. 1098, to rescind Governor
Perry's executive order."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

You can find information on your senator by using our Legislative
Toolbox at
http://capwiz.com/hslda/state/main/?state=TX&view=myofficials .

BACKGROUND:

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a group of viruses that have about
100 different strains or types. Over 30 of these viruses are sexually
transmitted. While most HPV infections are dealt with by the body's
immune system and no symptoms occur, there are several types that can
cause cancer or genital warts. For more information about HPV see the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention information at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3788 .

Those who are most likely to get HPV are those who have sex at an
early age, have many sex partners, or have a sex partner who has had
many partners.

However, the only FDA approved HPV vaccine, Gardasil,
(http://www.gardasil.com/ ) is not a cure for HPV or cervical cancer.
Instead the vaccine seeks to prevent an individual from contracting
the four specific types of HPV (6, 11, 16, and 18) which are
responsible for 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts.
There is currently no cure for these sexually transmitted viruses.
Even the FDA and the CDE admit the only "cure" is abstinence before
marriage and a monogamous relationship during marriage.

There have been no long-term studies of the HPV 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. From July 2006 to the end of 2006,
there were 385 unique reports of adverse events filed with the Vaccine
Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following the receipt of the
vaccine. For a full review of these reports please see
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3789 .

Additionally, there is some concern that rushing to mandate the HPV
vaccine for pre-teen girls will not have the intended affect of
preventing cervical cancer. Early immunization may not be effective
because the vaccine could wear off before the person is most
susceptible. Gardasil has only been proven to have five years of
effectiveness. While there appears to be a 10-to-15-year incubation
period for certain HPV types potentially becoming cervical cancer, the
average age a woman contracts cervical cancer is in her mid 40s. For
more information see http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=3790 .

Over the past few months, Merck, the pharmaceutical manufacturer of
Gardasil, has lobbied vigorously to mandate the HPV vaccine for middle
school age girls. At present there are over 34 states where HPV bills
have been introduced. A few state legislatures have already defeated
HPV bills this year.

Due to all of the concerns raised about mandating the Gardasil vaccine
to middle school age girls, Merck has abandoned its efforts to lobby
state legislatures to require the vaccine.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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