On April 4, 2007, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation requiring all girls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The bill passed after Governor Tim Kaine proposed an amendment that made it easier for parents and guardians to opt girls out of the vaccinations. In recent years the human papillomavirus has been linked with cervical cancer prompting many states to consider similar legislation. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson vetoed a similar bill in 2007, and the Texas legislature challenged an executive order from Governor Rick Perry in the same year that would have required all sixth-grade girls be vaccinated.
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