(From Nick Anderson, Houston’s Chronicle’s excellent editorial cartoonist)
Ah, so what is it gonna be, conservative idiots? As a future doc, this picture sums up my feelings quite nicely.
Given all the brouhaha over HPV and Texas Governor Rick Perry’s order to implement a mandatory vaccination program for all school-age girls in Texas, I found an interesting nugget that has been largely ignored:
First lady’s influence?
Also, a spokesman indicated that first lady Anita Perry’s strong support for the vaccine may have played a role in the governor’s decision. A former nurse and the daughter of a doctor, Anita Perry works for an organization dealing with sexual assaults.
“I know they have discussed it, and it’s something they both feel very strongly about,” said Press Secretary Robert Black.
But some who oppose the bill have suggested that a political contribution from the vaccine-maker influenced his decision.
So his wife, a former health professional, may have had a bit to do with it. Do I buy that? Sure, why not – but lots of first ladies are involved in humanitarian and educational endeavors as well. If politicians actually listened to their wives a little, things would be a lot better in ALL countries.