updated: February 8, 2007
Orphy Klempa (D) from Ohio County just introduced a bill (HB
2941) to allow religious exemptions from mandatory
write Delegate Klempa to thank and support him for 2941, and ask
him to please add language for philosophical exemptions as
well. Please write your legislators to support HB 2941,
with a request to amend the bill to add philosophical
exemptions. Philosophical exemptions are important because
non-religious citizens sometimes object to the same issues (such
as abortion), and they have the same right to act on their
updated: February 8, 2007
Virginia has introduced a bill (HB
2835) to make the HPV (human
papilloma virus) vaccine mandatory for all girls entering the
sixth grade (mostly 12 year olds) for the first time, before being allowed to attend either public or private school.
Because WV has no exemptions from mandatory vaccinations, anyone
declining to accept the HPV vaccine will be forced to homeschool.
Our state and MS are the only states in the country that will be
mandating this new vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease
with no ability to opt out. (Read
more on what is wrong with forcing the HPV vaccine.)
of over 100 types of HPV, about 15 (or less) are believed to be
associated with cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine,
Gardasil, is reported to protect against four types of HPV:
two are associated with 70% of cervical cancer and its
precancerous conditions, and two are associated with 90% of
genital warts. The vaccine is not effective against
the vast majority of HPV types.
than 30 types of HPV is believed to be transmitted through
sexual contact. The vaccine is largely targeted
toward girls and women who are old enough to be sexually
active. The vaccine is not recommended for boys and men.
least 82 reports of adverse events following vaccination with
Gardasil have been filed in the six months following the
vaccine's approval. Adverse events include fainting ,
seizures, joint pain, Guillian-Barre Syndrome (immune system
attack on peripheral nerves that can result in temporary
paralysis), and other immunological reactions.
doses of Gardasil can cost upwards of $360. Recently, it
was revealed that Merck, Gardasil's manufacturer, is quietly
funding efforts to make their product mandatory.
Specifically, it funds Women in Government, which in turn, has
member legislators who introduce HPV vaccine mandates in their
states. Delegate Bonnie Brown, WV's state director in
Women in Government, is the primary author of HB 2835.
Virginians for Vaccination Exemption oppose HB 2835 in its
entirety. We oppose withholding education to prevent a
sexually transmitted disease for which there is no public health threat in the
school environment. We oppose any attempt to usurp the
authority and right of parents to make private medical choices
for their children.
is you can do to oppose HB 2835.