Friday, February 02, 2007

Does It Take A State Legislature To Raise Your Daughter?

Colorado Senate Bill 07-080, (SB 80) passed out of Committee on a party line vote of 5-4 with Democrats in support and Republicans in opposition. Ostensibly, the bill is aimed at preventing Cervical Cancer. But the if the bill becomes law, it would REQUIRE girls between the ages of 11 and 12 to receive a vaccination against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) before being admitted to any school in Colorado. HPV has been linked to cervical cancer.

The Rocky Mountain Family Council ( strongly opposes this bill.

A RMFC legislative alert states that; “While some will argue that this is a common-sense public health policy, we see several problems. First, this is a new vaccine and the supporting science is new as well. It presumes that every girl is sexually active and at risk for this sexually transmitted disease (STD). There is no vaccine for other STDs (Herpes, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, etc.) and the HPV vaccine will lead to a false sense of security among young women. The best prevention of cervical cancer is abstinence until marriage.

Second, the maker of this vaccine, Merck Pharmaceuticals, is pushing similar legislation nationwide. When legislation which will affect young girls is driven by big drug company profits—it’s wrong. The Rocky Mountain News reports that the three-shot vaccine regimen per girl costs approximately $350.”

The same Rocky Mountain News story reports that Merck Pharmaceuticals is pushing similar legislation across the nation and stands to make $4 billion in sales.

Under Senate Bill 80, about 30,000 middle-school girls in Colorado would be vaccinated. Thirty thousand girls at $350 each amounts to $10,500,000 in Colorado alone. Pretty good deal for Merck.

The bill is sponsored by State Senator Suzanne Williams, Democrat of Aurora, Colorado and State Representative Mike May, Republican of Parker, Colorado.

Senator Williams told the Rocky Mountain News that she learned of the vaccine through her membership in Women in Government, a national advocacy group composed of female lawmakers. The Associated Press reported that Merck has funneled money through Women in Government to promote the vaccine.

The Rocky Mountain News story also reports that; “an official from Merck's vaccine division sits on the Women in Government's Business Council, and that sponsors of many of the vaccine bills nationwide are members of Women in Government.”

The News also said State Senator Suzanne Williams downplayed the connection, saying that by next year other companies are expected to have cervical cancer vaccines on the market.

She also claims that she has never taken a contribution from the drug company.

If you want to contact the sponsors of the bill to let them know what you think of this Fascist proposal, Senator Williams can be reached at:

Suzanne Williams
Colorado State Senator, District 28
Office Location: 200 E. Colfax
Denver, CO 80203
Capitol Phone: 303-866-3432

And Representative May can be reached at:

Mike May

Colorado State Representative, District 44

Office Location: 200 E. Colfax

Denver, CO 80230

Phone: (303-866-5523



Blogger MonicaR said...

They did this in Texas, too.

I get my kids vaccinated for lots of diseases. I choose which ones, based on the information that is out there for me. I have a right to refuse to vaccinate my child at all - - it needs to stay that way.

8:59 PM  

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