answer this for me please?

by Rachel on May 1, 2011

Should lawmakers require all girls between 11 and 12 to receive the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV ) vaccine prior to entering the sixth grade? Why or Why not? (

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Jason May 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Parents believe they have the right to decide what medical treatments are best for their children. But state lawmakers think otherwise because of a disease that has become both a feminist and a public health cause celebre. Across America lawmakers want to compel young girls to be inoculated against human papillomavirus (HPV) years before most become sexually active because there is a chance it can cause cervical cancer. Is replacing parental judgment with mandates by lawmakers and courts good for society?……

Legislators in at least 41 states and the District of Columbia have introduced legislation to require, fund or educate the public about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. At least 17 states have enacted various HPV measures. The D.C. city council approved an HPV vaccine mandate in April, but council members who took office after the bill was approved are trying to repeal it……

Some conservatives and parents’ rights groups say requiring the vaccine will encourage premarital sex. Moira Gaul of the Family Research Council said her group opposes HPV mandates “because parents have an inherent right to be the primary educator and decision maker regarding their children’s health, we would oppose any measures to legally require vaccination or to coerce parents into authorizing it. Because the cancer causing strains of HPV are not transmitted through casual contact, there is no justification for any vaccination mandate as a condition of public school attendance.”……

State legislatures continue to consider mandatory HPV vaccination bills that intrude on parental rights. Merck’s lobbying efforts are a big part of that campaign. But last February after news reports that Merck was funneling money to an organization called Women in Government (WIG) to serve as the principal advocate for the legislation, the company publicly announced that it would no longer advocate for the mandate……

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