Presidential Candidates Spar Over HPV?
The Facts About the HPV Vaccine - NPR
AUDIE CORNISH, host: There was a bit of a dust-up at last week's Republican candidates' debate. It had to do with Texas Governor Rick Perry's 2007 mandate that middle school girls in his state receive the HPV vaccine. The order was later overturned by the legislature. At the debate, Governor Perry was asked if he now considered that order a mistake.
Governor RICK PERRY: It was, and indeed if I had it to do over again, I would have done it differently. I would have gone to the legislature, worked with them. But what was driving me was, obviously, making a difference about young people's lives. Cervical cancer is a horrible way to die.
CORNISH: To which presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann had this response:
Representative MICHELE BACHMANN: To have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just flat-out wrong. That should never be done. That's a violation of a liberty interest. That's - little girl who have a negative reaction to this potentially dangerous drug don't get a mulligan. They don't get a do-over.
CORNISH: To find out more about the HPV vaccine, we called Dr. Jessica Kahn of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She was on her way to an international conference on HPV in Berlin and stopped in at member station WVXU to speak with us. Dr. Kahn, welcome.
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