The perfunctory response by Governor Raimondo's office in supporting the controversial HPV mandate imposed last year on Rhode Island families is not sufficient to address the many questions and growing public opposition to the edict by the state's Department of Health, according to the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, which calls upon the Governor to take a more studied look at the issue.
"The Governor does not have any political capital invested in this bureaucratic mandate, as it was implement by the prior administration under a prior health director," commented Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center. "She should be able to take a step back and take a thorough and objective in evaluating this very controversial government action."
With the mandate scheduled to be implemented next month as a requirement to attend school for all 7th grade boys and girls, and with a series of public forums orchestrated by the Department of Health beginning this evening in Barrington, the Center urges all concerned parents and middle-schoolers to attend one of the forums and voice their opinions.
The Center expects to announce later this week plans for a press conference and opposition rally. Potential participants include parental opposition groups, concerned physicians, state legislators, professed victims of the vaccine, former state health department officials, and other good government groups.
There are a number of legitimate questions and facts that could cause the Governor to be concerned about continued support of this forced immunization:
The Center's home page for this issue is www.RIFreedom.org/HPV. The Center strongly recommends that any parent uncomfortable with this vaccine for their children should claim a 'religious medical exemption', which can be executed via a simple form that can be downloaded from the health.ri.gov website