Major Victory! SC Governor Haley Vetoes Mandatory HPV Vaccine Bill

[Leslie Carol Botha: State Rep. Bakari Sellers was barking up the wrong tree when she said this measure is ‘demeaning and insulting to the heroic women who fight this cancer everyday. I am deeply disappointed that politics once again has prevailed over women’s health.’

The facts Ma’am speak for themselves:  There are over 26,000 innocent girls who have reported adverse reactions to the vaccine – and the incidence of cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, and abnormal pap smears is rising at an alarming rate in a demographic of girls who should not be experiencing these pathologies in adolescence or in their teens. It is about time POLITICS stood up for WOMEN’S HEALTH.]

Nikki Haley HPV Bill Veto: Bakari Sellers’ South Carolina Vaccination Measure For Middle Schoolers Falls

Huff Post Politics
June 20, 2012

By Posted: 06/20/2012

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has vetoed a Democratic-sponsored bill aimed at providing seventh-graders with a free HPV vaccine.

Lexington (S.C.) Patch reports that the measure picked up support across both sides of the partisan aisle, with a 63-40 House vote and 40-2 Senate vote in favor of passing the initiative.

Haley defended her Tuesday veto, calling the bill unnecessary and a “precursor to another taxpayer-funded healthcare mandate,” the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

State Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg, S.C.) sponsored the bill and blasted Haley’s move, calling her decision one that “puts her own selfish political ambitions ahead of the people of South Carolina.”

“This bill had bipartisan support and gives optional education and preventative vaccines to adolescents in an effort to thwart cervical cancer,” said Sellers in a statement. “This is a common sense approach to a very serious problem. To call this measure unnecessary is demeaning and insulting to the heroic women who fight this cancer everyday. I am deeply disappointed that politics once again has prevailed over women’s health.”

 

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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.