According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 11,150 American women will get cervical cancer in 2007 and an estimated 3,670 US women will die. So finding a vaccine to protect women against the human papilloma viruses is definitely a celebrated medical breakthrough.
The vaccine is available now at doctors' offices and health clinics throughout our area. Young women 18-26 and parents of girls 11 to 17 years old should seriously consider receiving the 3-part vaccine as protection against cervical cancer. The decision should be theirs and theirs alone.
Whatever his reasoning may be, Texas Governor, Rick Perry should not be the one to decide the right choice for them.
Governor Perry should rescind his controversial order which mandates vaccinations for preteen girls in Texas. His unilateral action cut the legislature, and by extension - the public, out of any discussion of the issues.
His action set a precedent, a Governor making policy or law without the benefit of our elected voices.