RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Senate has rejected legislation that would have repealed a requirement that girls receive a vaccine to prevent a virus that can cause cervical cancer.
State law mandates the human papillomavirus (PAP'-uh-loh-ma-vire-us), or HPV, vaccination before girls reach sixth grade.
HPV is spread through sexual contact. Some conservative lawmakers believe the vaccine promotes casual premarital sex and say the state mandate usurps parental rights. But supporters of the current law say the vaccine can save lives.
The Senate voted 22-17 Monday to carry Republican Del. Kathy Byron's bill over to 2013, killing it for this year. Republicans Frank Wagner and John Watkins voted with all 20 Democrats.
Byron also sponsors the highly controversial bill requiring women seeking an abortion to first have an ultrasound image made of the fetus.
- 'Deseret News National Edition': Africa and...
- Students clean up after mayhem near pumpkin fest
- Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024...
- Indiana man's confession leads to 7 bodies
- The poorest of the poor in many Third World...
- Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split
- This type of high school can increase your...
- CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps...
- Can public officials refuse to perform... 68
- Official: 2nd worker isolated within 90... 21
- New Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but... 21
- Why I stand with the Houston Five 18
- Vatican alters draft report translation... 16
- On campaign trail, Obama says GOP is... 15
- Are teachers getting behind Common... 15
- Gay marriage becomes legal in Arizona,... 14