Dem PAC’s ad hits Perry over HPV vaccine order

Dallas Morning News

07/22/2010

Associated Press

TITLE: “Why.”

LENGTH: 30 seconds.

AIRING: Started airing Tuesday in unspecified markets including Austin, Dallas and Houston.

SCRIPT: Narrator: “It was a controversial new drug used for sexually transmitted disease.

“But Rick Perry ordered all 11- and 12-year-old girls in Texas to be vaccinated.”

Woman in kitchen: “Why would he do that without asking parents?”

Narrator: “A giant drug company would make billions. So they gave to Perry’s campaign and paid Perry’s former chief of staff big money to lobby for it. Parents were outraged and the Legislature had to overturn Perry’s order.

“Bad ethics, bad policy, bad medicine.”

Woman in kitchen: “Rick Perry shouldn’t have done it.”

KEY IMAGES: The ad opens with a black and white image of a syringe drawing a dose of medicine from a bottle. As the narrator begins talking, the ad flashes to dozens of yearbook photos of little girls, with a vaccine bottle in the foreground. Then, an unidentified woman, presumably portraying a parent, looks directly into the camera as she speaks. The woman is followed by a still, black and white photo of the outside of a building identified as Merck Research Laboratories. As the narrator continues speaking, shadowy figures are shown shaking hands, followed by footage of the Texas Capitol, with the Texas and U.S. flags whipping in the wind. The ad flashes back to the yearbook photos and the woman in the kitchen before showing a logo of the Democratic Back to Basics PAC.

ANALYSIS: issued an executive order in early 2007 requiring that girls entering the sixth grade the following year — generally, girls ages 11 and 12 — to receive Gardasil, Merck & Co.’s recently approved vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

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.