Rhode Island Parents Rise Up against Mandatory HPV Vaccine


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:

  1. The HPV vaccine does not address a disease transferable in the classroom. The vaccination is to prevent the Human Papilloma Virus, a virus linked to cervical cancer, which is spread through sexual contact.
  2. Parents and their medical providers should be the ones to make this decision, for or against the vaccine. Opponents cite evidence of numerous adverse reactions and questionable effectiveness of the vaccine to stop cervical cancer.

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.