(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed an HPV vaccination bill aimed at middle schoolers, the Post and Courier reports.
The bill could have permitted seventh-grade students to receive a free vaccincation against the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cancer in women. Critics called the move hypocritical, since Haley had once supported an effort to require the vaccinations for middle schoolers. The governor said the bill was not necessary because it would merely allow, and not require, the voluntary vaccination, the paper says.
The vaccination program would have required state and federal funding.
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