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S.C. Gov. Haley Vetoes Bill on HPV Vaccine Information, Access

S.C. Gov. Haley Vetoes Bill on HPV Vaccine Information, Access

June 21, 2012 — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has vetoed a bill (H 4497) that would have provided parents with brochures about the human papillomavirus vaccine and offered no-cost shots for their children, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Under the bill, the state's public health agency would have created informational brochures to distribute to parents of sixth-grade students. Parents of seventh-grade students would have had the opportunity to have their children vaccinated at no cost. The bill specified that implementation of both provisions would be contingent on funding.

Haley said she vetoed the bill because it would create a suspended unfunded mandate and because the funding caveat means the legislation is pointless. She added that she does not support the government supplying information about a vaccine that parents should discuss with their physicians.

Bill sponsor Rep. Bakari Sellers (D) said Haley is putting politics ahead of women's health (Charlotte Observer, 6/19).