A new law passed in Rhode Island requires all seventh-grade students, who are generally about eleven years old, to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease (STD) prior to starting school in September. This is the controversial HPV vaccination. Opponents of the requirement make two compelling arguments:
To require such a vaccine is another attack on parental rights. Parental choice in the area of other routine vaccinations is also being narrowed, with some states removing the right to religious objections to immunizations.
Parents, patients, and their doctors—not the state—should make these medical decisions.
Parents across the state are working to have this overreaching regulation reversed; for more information, see their Facebook page.