Heather Burcham was a Texan. She lent her support to Texas Governor Rick Perry for the Executive Order mandate requiring eleven and twelve year old girls to receive a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. In both videoes, Heather speaks out. In the first video, her family you see just-released photos of some of Perry’s time spent with Heather. Heather died a few months after the events you see. The second video is Ms. Burcham in 2007 speaking about her hope to marry, have children, and what she was still in control of doing with her life.
Here’s my opinion: God bless Rick Perry for trying to comfort Heather Burcham, and for trying to keep others from sharing her fate, but he should have gone through the Texas Congress. An Executive Order should never have been used as a vehicle to mandate a vaccine for something that could not be contracted by being in the public realm, like a classroom. And certainly, an Opt-in option should have been the only option. No matter the best-efforts to keep children safe, this mandating business is a very slippery slope. Education is the right avenue, working with parents – giving them the pertinent information.
I believe our Republican candidate will have warts. It will be our mission to never ignore those warts once he/she moves into the Oval Office. I want the strongest possible candidate to win against Barack Obama. Then we must remain diligent to see that those warts never reaapear. My only real concern about Perry is his record on immigration. He still maintains his DREAM Act is ‘fair,’ and maintains it is very different from Obama’s DREAM Act.
Today, there seems to be no doubt that Heather Burcham would still be alive, living out her dreams of marriage and children, had she had Gardisil available to her.
Rick Perry, Gardisil and Heather Burcham (video)
Heather Burcham (video)