Lawmaker Wants to Require H-P-V Vaccine

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 11, 2006

Democratic Assemblywoman Sally Lieber says her Mom, a lifelong Republican, asked her to carry the bill which requires girls get the vaccine before the sixth grade.

 “She lives in Michigan and has two daughters and two granddaughters and she’s very concerned about this issue and really urged me in the strongest terms possible to introduce the bill in California."

Michigan is on its way to requiring the vaccine, which protects against some strains of the human papilloma virus, or H-P-V, which can lead to cervical cancer. Lieber says there’s an opt-out provision for parents.   Randy Thomasson with the Campaign for Children and families says a better policy would be to offer – not mandate - the vaccine, and to require informed parental consent, as well as information about abstinence.