Sacramento, Calif., Aug 30, 2011 / 04:14 am
Public action is needed to defeat a California bill that would allow children as young as 12 to consent to Gardasil vaccines without parental permission. Opponents say the proposal is a violation of parents’ rights and is motivated by the desire to prepare children for sexual activity.
“We’re encouraging people to spread the word, to write letters to the editor, to contact state senators,” said Bill May, chairman of the San Francisco-based Catholics for the Common Good. “This bill has not received very much publicity in the mainstream press.”
“It’s a blatant violation of parental rights to put children in position of being coerced into receiving vaccinations that they don’t need and could jeopardize their health,” May told CNA on Aug. 29.
“Basically, children have no defenses against an adult coming and saying ‘this is good for you, and you should have it, and not let your parents know.’