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Published On: Thu, Jun 21st, 2012

S.C. Governor Nikki Haley vetos HPV vaccination bill

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Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed a bill allowing the state’s public health agency to provide information on and access to a free vaccine that prevents a sexually transmitted, cancer-causing virus.

The bill calls for informational brochures on the vaccine for human papillomavirus, known as HPV, to be provided to parents of sixth-graders. Parents could choose to have their seventh-graders receive the vaccine according to a WCNC.com report.

Haley is taking loads of criticism from being called a coward to being called a hypocrite.

Rep. Bakari Sellers, the bill’s sponsor, called Haley’s veto an act of “cowardice” saying “She had the opportunity to save lives and cut back health costs. She played politics with people’s lives and women lost.”

A fitnews.com report calls Haley’s veto another example of her chronic hypocrisy. They go back five years when she was a legislator:

As a lawmaker, Haley co-sponsored legislation that would have required every eleven-year-old girl in the Palmetto state to receive a vaccination against HPV. In fact Haley refused to take her name off of this controversial bill even after nearly two dozen of her colleagues (Republicans and Democrats) pulled their support in light of its failure to include “opt out” language.

This so-called “Cervical Cancer Prevention Act” was sponsored in 2007 by liberal S.C. Rep. Joan Brady (RINO-Richland). According to legislative records, Haley was one of the first Republican lawmakers to add her name to the bill – doing so on January 17, 2007. In fact her name was still on the bill when it was killed three months later.

On Tuesday, she described her co-sponsorship of the bill as a mistake. Today, Haley says she doesn’t want the government putting out information on a vaccine parents should discuss with their family doctors.

Representative Sellers says in a written statement:

“With this veto, Nikki Haley has confirmed everyone’s suspicions that she 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.

“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 every day.”

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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    […] SC Governor Nikki Haley vetos HPV vaccination billThe Global DispatchAs a lawmaker, Haley co-sponsored legislation that would have required every eleven-year-old girl in the Palmetto state to receive a vaccination against HPV. In fact Haley refused to take her name off of this controversial bill even after nearly two … […]

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