On September 21, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) sent letters — printed and mailed at the taxpayers’ expense — to parents urging them to have their children vaccinated with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
The letter states: “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians, all children, 11 and older, should get vaccinated. By vaccinating at this age, preteens will be protected before any exposure to the virus occurs.”
The controversial vaccine is purportedly designed to stop the onset of the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease believed to be associated with cervical cancer. The state received backlash not just for trying to impose its will on parents but also for possibly encouraging sexual activity among the youth.
Micah Clark, the executive director of Indiana’s AFA chapter and a vaccine supporter, criticized the state’s actions, saying that urging parents to vaccinate their children for a sexually transmitted disease “is something with completely different moral connotations and risk/benefit considerations.”
She also added, “I am not anti-pharmaceutical. I am not anti-vaccine. I certainly don’t want anyone to get a virus that might lead to cancer. I am for parental rights and limited government. A nanny state is not my idea of a self-governing, free society. I think our Founders would agree with me.”