Friday, February 19, 2010

NY Legislative "Hold" Placed -- On Proposed "Secret" Gardasil Vaccinations, Of Minors

Ed Silverman, over at Pharmalot, has the story:

. . . .This bill was held in the [New York State] Senate Codes Committee on February 9, 2010 at the request of the sponsor. During this time, with the input of constituents and advocacy groups, the sponsor will have the opportunity to improve and clarify the bill’s language. . . .

This bill (more background) is unlikely to reach the floor of the New York legislative chambers any time soon -- or at all -- given its manifold constitutional infirmities. One cannot constitutionally legislate-away fundamental rights, in vague terms. And these -- in the current form, at least -- encompass the vaguest of terms. This one is plainly DOA.


Anonymous said...

This really touches on a bigger debate: minors access to any medical procedure without parent's consent.

So, how do you feel about a minor's ability to have an abortion without parental consent?

Condor said...

Fair question.

I think the merits and risks of electing to terminate a pregancy are more completely understood, even by minors -- than are the merits and risks of accepting the Gardasil vaccine.

That said, I think anyone over the age of lawful consent (at age 17, in most states) -- should have the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy without any parental consent.

Note that the vaccine was proposed to be mandated for girls as young as nine years of age.

Both are tough questions, with no easy answers.

Quite an incisive question!


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