Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 5, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON & REPRESENTATIVE KEFFER CALL ON GOVERNOR TO PULL DOWN EMERGENCY ORDER ON HPV VACCINE

AUSTIN -- Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, and State Rep. Jim Keffer today called on Governor Rick Perry to rescind Executive Order RP65 requiring all girls to be vaccinated against the Human Pappilomaviros, a sexually transmitted disease, before entering the sixth grade.

"This is a decision that should not be made by one person. Citizens have been left out of the process, and I respectfully call on the governor to rescind this emergency order so that we can hold legislative hearings on bills that have already been filed on this very issue," Senator Nelson, who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said. "Executive orders should be used in extreme circumstances, during times of emergency and when the Legislature is not in session. We need to be afforded the opportunity to carefully study the how this would affect our budget, parental rights, and most importantly, the health of our daughters."

Executive Order RP65, issued February 2, 2007, directs that all girls entering the sixth grade receive an immunization against the Human Pappilomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease. It gives parents the right to opt out via online applications.

Senator Nelson also announced that she and Representative Keffer, who chairs the House Ways & Means Committee, will request that the Attorney General issue an opinion on the legality of Executive Order RP65.

To view the news conference online visit: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/avarchive/ramav.php?ram=00003000

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, which includes portions of Tarrant and Denton counties.

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