Good work New Yorkers. The outpouring of telephone calls, emails, faxes and office visits from you convinced the New York Senate Codes Committee not to vote on Senate Bill 4779 which would allow minors to get vaccines for sexually-transmitted diseases without a parent’s knowledge or consent. This is highly unusual, the bill sailed through a vote in the Senate Health Committee last week—we didn’t catch that one, but we caught, and stopped this one. But this isn’t over yet, we need to remain vigilant, the author of the bill Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan said yesterday that she intends to see the bill passed.
The bill is an extraordinary violation of parents’ rights. S4779 has no age limit. Gardasil, the human papilloma virus shot, that this bill is directly intended to promote, is licensed for children as young as 9-years old. The decision to give the shot or not is transferred from parents to medical workers, who frequently will have a direct financial interest in giving the shot. There are many contraindications for Gardasil. Yet this bill completely disregards the contraindications to Gardasil, unless you think it is reasonable that a 9-year old would know and understand their own medical history sufficiently to make a responsible choice.
The bill also indicates a profound ignorance of the safety issues with Gardasil. More than 10,000 injuries, and more than 30 deaths have been registered just in the past two years with the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. And use of Gardasil has been suspended in Spain and the Netherlands for safety concerns.
An identical bill, (A6702) is in the New York Assembly which was introduced by Amy Paulin, a Democrat from Scarsdale, who has received at least $2000 in direct campaign contributions from Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil.
Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.