I heard on NPR this morning that Texas and other states are pushing back against Merck’s promotion of mandatory HPV vaccines for girls.

I completely understand if there are legitimate medical questions about ensuring safety prior to mandating vaccines and that Merck’s push of their product is not un-interested.  But as I’m sure others will detail around the femisphere today, if the vaccine is not mandatory then many, many girls will not ever receive it.  Either costs will be too high for many or parents will think that “their daughter” will not need it b/c of purity vows or similar views on teens (or unmarried women) having sex.  And how many girls get enough adequate information about reproductive health to seek it out themselves? Not enough.