Cervical cancer vaccine debate heading to the Legislature
Bill would allow giving vaccine to minors without parental consent
By RICK KARLIN
ALBANY -- The debate over making cervical cancer vaccines available to young women is coming to the state Legislature today.
A group of anti-vaccine activists plans to attend this morning's Senate Codes Committee hearing to protest a bill that would let health care professionals give the vaccine to women younger than 18 without parental consent.
The measure, sponsored in the Senate by Liz Krueger and in the Assembly by Amy Paulin -- both Democrats -- aims to protect women against preventable cervical cancer. The legislation also notes that Planned Parenthood clinics have been seeing teenagers coming in and requesting the vaccine.