(MANCHESTER, New Hampshire) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., made HPV vaccinations a sticking point in Monday night’s Republican presidential debate.
Bachmann slammed Gov. Rick Perry for his 2007 executive order mandating that all sixth-grade Texas girls be required to get vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus linked to cervical cancer. Bachmann said Perry’s mandate was a “government injection through executive order” and a “violation of a liberty interest.”
She charged that Perry’s order also endangered young girls who might experience negative side effects to the vaccine.
Perry said his 2007 order was “a mistake,” as he did earlier this year. But he also defended his decision, saying that it was an attempt to protect young women against cervical cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost all cervical cancer is caused by HPV.
The Texas legislature voted to override Perry’s order, and the law was never enacted.
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