New Mexico governor vetoes cervical cancer vaccine bill Joe Shaulis at 8:46 PM ET
[JURIST] New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) [official website] on Tuesday unexpectedly vetoed a bill [legislative materials] that would have required girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. AP reported that Richardson, who last month announced his intention to sign the bill [PJEPHL report], said the legislation's June 15 enactment date would not have given parents, school officials and health care providers enough time to learn about the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV) [JURIST news archive; US CDC fact sheet]. The bill would have allowed parents or guardians to opt out of the mandate after reviewing information about the vaccine.
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