09/14/2011 03:13 pm ET Updated Dec 07, 2011

Should The HPV Vaccine Be Mandatory?

Texas Governor Rick Perry has taken a lot of heat from his rivals in the Republican presidential debates, largely because of a 2007 executive order he signed that required all sixth-grade girls in his state receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The order included an opt-out for parents who didn’t want their daughters to be vaccinated, but the mandate met with fierce opposition anyway and was overridden by the state legislature in 2008.

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