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SB 2316 otherwise known as the HPV bill was tabled indefinitely yesterday!

SB 2316Required a child to receive at least one dosage of the human papillomavirus vaccine prior to attending seventh grade, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and administer the human papillomavirus vaccine to persons between 11 and 17 year of age. Requires all insurers in the State to reimburse the costs of the HPV vaccination services.

Not only was it tabled indefinitely, but it was tabled with the statement that they will draft a resolution recommending that the Department of Education work with the Department of Health instead, to create educational materials for the parents of all students.

This is a HUGE victory for the people of Hawaii who were outraged that the state government would try to mandate vaccines. The proposed bill had OVERWHELMING support with ten out of twenty-five senators sponsoring this bill. The HPV vaccine was designed to prevent infection by certain types of human papillomavirus.[1] that have been linked as a cause to cervical cancer. Many organizations supported the bill including Planned Parent Hood. The bill was thought to be ‘a given’, with many anti-vaccination advocacy groups being told to “Give Up” on the Senate, as it would be impossible to defeat SB 2316. 

However, there are STRONG arguments as to why the HPV vaccine should not be mandated and the people of Hawai’i  spoke up.

One strong argument is supported by the American College of Pediatricians themselves who concluded there are grave concerns about a possible correlation between Gardasil (FDA Approved HPV vaccine) and premature ovarian failure. Even the Department of Education wrote in and opposed the bill, claiming it may affect enrollment numbers.

Many parents spoke up about their concerns about the safety of vaccinations, not to mention the ethical or unethical stance of a mandatory vaccination policy.

“Forced vaccination of unwilling recipients is, by definition, a medical intervention carried out without the consent of the patient or the patient’s parents. This directly violates the very clear language in the Informed Consent section of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics which states:

The patient should make his or her own determination about treatment… Informed consent is a basic policy in both ethics and law that physicians must honor, unless the patient is unconscious or otherwise incapable of consenting and harm from failure to treat is imminent.” Learn more:

The fact that hundreds of parents, including many Maui mamas, and advocates wrote testimonies, called and emailed their senators, promoted call to actions through social media, helped raise the level of awareness that Hawaii’i constituents would not stay quiet and let this law come to pass.

The choice to abort SB 2316 in favor of an educational bill is a HUGE victory for parents and democracy itself.

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