An aide to Governor Rick Perry says there's no plan to rescind his order requiring girls to be vaccinated against a virus that causes cervical cancer.
In Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody's words, "The governor
stands by his decision to ensure young women in Texas can receive
this valuable vaccine to protect them against cervical cancer."
That's even after a powerful state Senate ally of Perry's called today for the governor to withdraw his Friday order. The executive order requires girls to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted HPV, or human papillomavirus.
State Senator Jane Nelson said lawmakers should have been allowed to hear from doctors, scientists and patients before the state implemented such a sweeping mandate. Nelson chairs the state Senate's health and human services committee.
In the Flower Mound Republican's words, "This is not an emergency. It needs to be discussed and debated."
Perry's order makes Texas the first state in the nation to mandate HPV vaccinations for girls.
The Legislature has no authority to repeal Perry's executive order but Nelson says she plans to ask state Attorney General Greg Abbott for an opinion on the legality of Perry's order. Abbott, like Nelson and Perry, is a Republican.
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