Monday, February 12, 2007

"Does the Governor have no respect for the Legislature, their responsibilities, or the people of Texas?"

The King of Texas

February 12, 2007

By Gina Parker-Special to The News
The Mexia Daily News
Copyright 2007

Have you heard that last November Texans elected a new King? That’s right; with less than 40% of the vote, Governor Rick Perry, or should I say “his majesty,” has taken the throne by storm.

In The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson denounced in the strongest possible terms the refusal of the king to give respectful consideration to the petitions of the people: “… our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” Evidently, the Governor is confused about his function as Governor and about a few other things.

Take for example Perry’s latest abuse of power – his executive order mandating that 6th grade girls be required to receive the controversial HPV vaccination series of three shots. The vaccine has not been fully tested and its future effects are unknown.

Yes, the vaccine is the first ever to prevent cervical cancer or any form of cancer, and yes, a growing number of women are contracting HPV, which can cause cervical cancer. HPV, however, is a sexually-transmitted disease, and unlike the Governor’s analogy of vaccinating for the polio virus, not a sexually-transmitted disease, the polio vaccine totally eradicates the disease. The HPV vaccine is a preventative measure only that may reduce the number of cervical cancer cases. According to WebMD (, the vaccine “lasts at least four years” with “long-term results . . . not yet certain.” The vaccine, a preventative for only four strains of over 30 strains of HPD, does not protect against all cervical cancer; women will still need yearly PAP smears to check for cancer.

After the Governor’s wielding such power during the 80th Legislative Session, I must ask, what is the point of having a Texas House and Senate? Remember, legislation addressing this issue has already been filed. Why did Perry choose not to let it be debated? One can only speculate, but it is certainly at least questionable since the drug’s manufacturer Merck has invested millions of dollars into lobbying efforts, which includes hiring Perry’s former Chief of Staff, Mike Toomey, as Merck’s head lobbyist.

Talk about a slap in the face to our representative bodies in the Legislature! Does the Governor have no respect for them, their responsibilities, or the people of Texas?

Thankfully, however, true Republicans have come out ready to fight. From Senators Hegar (R-Katy) and Nelson (R-Denton), to Representatives Keffer (R-Eastland) and Flynn (R-Canton), there is an organized effort to find a solution, and they are not only challenging Governor Perry to rescind the order, but also they are requesting the Attorney General investigate whether Perry has in fact abused his power.

I strongly encourage everyone to call Governor Perry’s office today and let him know you are against usurping the power of the legislature, wiping out parental rights, and mandating a vaccine with unknown future consequences! Governor Rick Perry online:

Gina Parker Ford, CEO of Dental Creations, Ltd., a dental manufacturing company, and a successful attorney, is the National Eagle Forum Chairman for Judicial Reform. Mrs. Ford also served as a Bush and Perry appointee to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. She serves on the American Family Radio Advisory Board (Texas), and she was both the former Republican Party of Texas Treasurer and Associate General Counsel. For more information, please visit

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