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4/10/2007 9:39:11 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: Calls Needed Immediately to Protect Parental Rights

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 10, 2007

Texas: Calls Needed Immediately to Protect Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Through this legislative session we have been keeping you updated on
the progress of H.B. 1098. This bill would rescind Governor Rick
Perry's executive order requiring the vaccination of 11-year-old girls
against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted

This bill passed the House on a 119-21 vote. The bill is now in the
Senate and has a hearing this morning at 11 o'clock in the Senate
Committee on Health and Human Services.

We need your calls immediately so that the bill can get before the
full Senate.


Please call as many senators on the Senate Committee on Health and
Human Services this morning as you can and give them this message:

"Immunization against HPV should not be required for a child's
admission to school. Let parents decide what is best for their
children. Please vote for H.B. 1098, to rescind Governor Perry's
executive order."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services:
Chair Jane Nelson, (512) 463-0112
Vice Chair Bob Deuell, (512) 463-0102
Kyle Janek, (512) 463-0117
Robert Nichols, (512) 463-0103
Dan Patrick, (512) 463-0107
Eliot Shapleigh, (512) 463-0129
Carlos Uresti, (512) 463-0119
Royce West, (512) 463-0123
Judith Zaffirini, (512) 463-0121


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 .

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,
( ) 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 .

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 .

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.


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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