The governor of Texas can’t get his mind straight about who’s side he’s on with the HPV vaccine Gardisil. That’s who Rick Perry is. He also ran as presidential candidate against Barack Obama.
In 2007, Perry decided that the newly released vaccine Gardisil should be ordered to young girls to prevent against HPV and cervical cancer. If a prevention vaccine is not given before infection, then the symptoms may need treated with remedies like Wartrol.
Perry was the first governor to propose such a radical order at the time. Since then other states have jumped on board and Virginia and D.C. ultimately have this order on the books.
Recently, Perry has changed his mind about this decision. He called the order a mistake. “The fact of the matter is that I didn’t do my research well enough to understand that we needed to have a substantial conversation with our citizenry”, is what Perry told reporters.
A lot of people speculate that the only reason Perry did order Gardisil in the first place is because a lobbyist for Merck who is local to Perry happens to be Mike Toomey who formerly served as Perry’s chief of staff. There was financial interest in pushing Gardisil.
This isn’t the first time that Perry changed his mind. The most famous switch that many people have forgotten by now is that Perry was actually a Democrat up until 1989 before he became a Republican.
And now he’s changing his mind on the HPV shot.
I personally think this is politics as usual and Perry, like most politicians, will switch views in whatever way make the most personal sense at the time.
I am curious on what your opinion is. Do you agree with mandating Gardisil to young women to prevent HPV?
Personally, I feel that this is an unconstitutional move and that Gardisil should be educated to the people and not required by the federal government. If Perry truly is a Republican, then I would think he would agree with this point of view.
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