May 30, 2007

House Bill 256 and Senate Bill 139: HPV Vaccination Required for Girls

H.B. 256: Representative Denise B. Barnard and others (see bill text for full list).

S.B. 139: Senators Virginia “Ginny” V. Lyons (D), Diane Snelling (R), James C. Condos (D), Ed Flanagan (D), and Jeanette K. White (D)

House Bill 256 and Senate Bill 139 would require girls enrolled in the 6th grade and higher grades by August 15, 2008, to receive the human papillomavirus vaccination. The bill allows a parent or guardian to refuse the vaccination for the child on the basis of religious beliefs or moral convictions.

2/08/2007(House) H.B. 256: Prefiled
2/08/2007(House) H.B. 256: Assigned to Human Services Committee
2/08/2007(House) H.B. 256: In Human Services Committee
2/27/2007(Senate) S.B. 139: Prefiled
2/27/2007(Senate) S.B. 139: Assigned to Health & Welfare Committee
2/27/2007(Senate) S.B. 139: First Reading
2/27/2007(Senate) S.B. 139: In Health & Welfare Committee

HSLDA's Position:
Neutral. We believe that immunizations, particularly immunizations of this nature, should not be forced upon children. Individual families should be allowed to decide whether they want their children to receive them. At this time, House Bill 256 does allow parents to refuse the vaccination.

Action Requested:
None at this time.


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.

The vaccine, Gardasil, will not cure or treat HPV. There is currently no cure for these sexually transmitted viruses. Even the FDA and the CDC admit the only “cure” is abstinence before marriage and a monogamous relationship during marriage.

HSLDA believes that parents should be the ones to determine whether this immunization is right for their daughters, and it should not be forced upon them by the legislature. This is more of a parental rights issue than a homeschool issue. However, it is vitally important that homeschool families take a stand for parental freedom in Vermont.

While the body’s immune system deals with most HPV infections 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’s Genital HPV Infection—CDC Fact Sheet.

 Other Resources

H.B. 256 Bill Text

S.B. 139 Bill Text