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Mandatory HPV Vaccinations for RI Students Blasted by Opponents

Friday, July 31, 2015

 

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity is speaking out against the mandatory vaccination of Rhode Island 7th grade students for HPV (human papillomavirus) -- and is urging Rhode Islanders who wish not to participate to use the state's religious exemption clause.  

As of now, students who fail to get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted diseased will be unable to attend school unless their parents seek a medical or religious exemption. The Center, which advocates for the public in government, recommends that parents take that course of action by filling out this form.

Center Takes Aim

"This growing trend of government by executive fiat and regulatory despotism bypasses the traditional democratic process and must cease. Like RhodeMap RI, why do we continue to allow unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to arbitrarily make such important public policy decisions," said Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center. "Where are the voices of the Governor and our General Assembly, whose authority is being infringed upon by out-of-control bureaucratic ideologues? We call on the Governor to immediately halt this mandate in order to give lawmakers time to consider overturning this unprecedented edict."

"Not only are the FDA approved vaccines for HPV relatively new and not vetted to the satisfaction of many in the medical community, they have been cited as the cause of many injuries, health complications and even death in some cases. Parents and the public have every right to be concerned about their children's health," said Gary D. Alexander, former Secretary of Health and Human Services for Rhode Island and adjunct scholar for health issues to the Center. "The state has not provided a proper public forum to discuss these concerns with parents. The implementation of this mandate must be delayed until a full public process has been conducted and all fears allayed.” 

Historic Precedent

In 2011, then Texas governor Rick Perry, attempted to put a similar mandate into effect. The Center for Freedom and Prosperity pointed out that the mandate was eventually revoked, thus not requiring children to get an HPV vaccination. 

 

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