I thought the Republican party believed in the paramount importance of individual rights and responsibilities, financial accountability of the federal government to the taxpayers and primarily, the importance of getting big government out of our lives, especially our families’ lives. Well you won’t know that from watching the recent Republican presidential debate.
Full disclosure: I live in New York City and am not a conservative but my vote is up for grabs.
Michele Bachmann was the only candidate tough enough to question Rick Perry about his mandatory HPV vaccination policy. Perry accepted $30,000 from the makers of the HPV vaccine and his chief of staff went on to earn $300,000 working for the vaccine company. That former chief of staff, now Merck lobbyist is, naturally, a major Perry fundraiser. Perry basically forced Texas families to choose between giving their pre teen girls an experimental vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease or an education. Now if that isn’t big government in our lives in a big way what is?
Naturally everyone jumped all over Michele Bachmann. Apparently Bachmann did not receive Secretary Sebelius’ memo strongly recommending that the media not discuss vaccine safety issues. Yes I am serious. Sebelius said, on the record, that she personally “reached out” to politicians and the media not to discuss vaccine safety issues. Scary right? I wish Secretary Sebelieus had “reached out” to the 2 million families affected by autism, 90% of whom are dissatisfied w/ NIH autism research.
Well Rick Perry argued that he “knows” the HPV vaccine is safe. Hmmmmm….Has Rick Perry ever been a woman, a mother, or a teenage girl? Has Rick Perry raised over 20 children? Has Rick Perry had in depth discussions with his daughters about menstruation and sexually transmitted diseases? Somehow I doubt it, but I bet Michele Bachmann has. It was very sad to see the only person standing up for the rights of these pre teen girls was a woman and a mother, Michele Bachmann. These girls cannot legally give informed consent to this dangerous experimental vaccine – yet they are asked to take all the risk. Cervical cancer is almost 100% preventable with annual pap smears. How about starting at the start and making sure all these girls have access to basic health care before forcing them to be inoculated or be thrown out of school?
If we are going to go down this road lets go all the way! Why not mandate that all pre teen girls be required to take birth control pills in order to receive a public education? Isn’t teenage pregnancy a far, far bigger problem with much greater costs to society than an STD? What is wrong with that? Don’t we “know” birth control pills are safe for pre teens? Well OK, no long-term studies have been done but let’s just go ahead anyway! Better yet the state should be able to place all 11 year old American girls on birth control without their parents' consent. Sure if parents read the very, very fine print of the law they can formally apply for an opt out waiver but good luck with that!
Better yet why not make circumcision mandatory for all American baby boys? The government clearly knows what is best in these matters, not you. There is some literature showing that uncircumcised African men are less likely to contract AIDS than uncircumcised men. Like cervical cancer AIDS is a deadly, but entirely preventable disease. But then again other research says there are few health benefits of circumcision and that the effectiveness may wear off over time…Who cares, what the heck, make it mandatory!
Seriously can you even imagine if such a law was passed in any American state. Something tells me that men would not appreciate federal bureaucrats mandating penile health policies for themselves or for their sons. There would be a revolution, a revolt, and a march on Washington the likes of which we have never seen!
In China the government freely and fully decides when and how many children a woman may have. China also decides when and what type of birth control young women should take. If women and girls do not comply the will likely lose their job or access to education. You know what? If I wanted to live in China I would, but I don’t and neither do 99.99% of Americans. So I would like to see these “big government out of our lives” all American Republicans butt out of our families. Let’s get crony capitalism out of children’s health care and trust American families to make appropriate vaccination decisions for their daughters.
Katie Wright is contributing editor for Age of Autism.