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02.20.07

HPV Debate Continues in Austin

Debate continues in a state house committee concerning Texas Governor Rick Perry's order requiring school girls to get the HPV vaccine. 

Supporters and opponents of the plan lined up Monday night to address the House Public Health Committee about the controversial vaccine mandate.
  

The committee heard six hours of testimony on the bill but decided to adjourn early today without voting.
  

The HPV virus causes about 70% of cervical cancer cases.
   

Proponents of Perry's plan say preventing the deadly cancer should be the top priority.
  

Many lawmakers oppose the vaccine requirement because they believe it contradicts Texas' abstinence-only sex education policies.
  

Others are concerned about the cost of the three-shot series...which is about 360-dollars.

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