State of Texas: A Plague of Warts on You

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After years of living in Texas, I developed a handy rule of thumb: If the State of Texas does something reasonable, it’s not going to stick. And so it is with Governor Rick Perry’s order to mandate HPV vaccinations for public schoolgirls.

(I should clarify that the strains of the HPV virus linked to cervical cancer are not the same ones that cause warts. Yet another reason why vaccinations will not encourage kids to have sex.)

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