Whatever. Today, governor goodhair did a very good thing. Texas Gov. orders anti-cancer vaccine:
AUSTIN, Texas - Bypassing the Legislature altogether, Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
By employing an executive order, Perry sidestepped opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents' rights groups who fear such a requirement would condone premarital sex and interfere with the way Texans raise their children.
Beginning in September 2008, girls entering the sixth grade — meaning, generally, girls ages 11 and 12 — will have to receive Gardasil, Merck & Co.'s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.
Perry also directed state health authorities to make the vaccine available free to girls 9 to 18 who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines. In addition, he ordered that Medicaid offer Gardasil to women ages 19 to 21.
Whether it's a result of Molly Ivin's ghost poking him in the ass or if he just sees the writing on the wall and wants to distance himself from the crazy contingent in the state, I don't much care. Hell, maybe he even did it because it was the right thing to do. Whatever the reason, kudos to the governor for taking a courageous stance (in this state anyway) and making a sane and responsible public policy decision.
Wonders never cease, eh?