Sad News in Texas

May 11, 2007

Texas Governor Rick Perry's efforts to save the lives of young women has now been officially stopped by the Texas legislators. Perry offered his regret that the state legislators overturned his order to give the HPV vaccine to school-age girls:

[T]hey have sent me a bill that will ensure three-quarters of our young women will be susceptible to a virus that not only kills hundreds each year, but causes great discomfort and harm to thousands more. ... Instead of vaccinating close to 95 percent of our young women, and virtually eliminating the spread of the most common STD in America, they have relegated the lives of our young women to social Darwinism, where only those who can afford it or those who know about the virtues of it will get access to the HPV vaccine.
For more about this subject, check out my Ethics Daily column from February: The Religious Right is not Pro-Life.