Spin Check: Lone Star First's HPV Vaccine Mailer
BY Omar Villafranca

What is Spin Check? As part of our coverage of Decision 2010 and the elections that affect Texas, we put political ads to the test.

Back in 2007, Gov. Rick Perry caught a lot of heat after trying to make a human papillomavirus shot mandatory for girls in Texas.

Three years later, it's a campaign issue.

Lone Star First, a group backed by the Democratic Governors Association, is sending a mailer to thousands of Texans reminding voters of the battle.

Spin Check: Lone Star First's HPV Vaccine Mailer

Spin Check: Lone Star First's HPV Vaccine Mailer

Spin Check: Lone Star First's HPV Vaccine Mailer

Let's Spin Check the mailer.

The color mailer shows a girl on the front, with text reading:

"Who Would Think Injecting 11 and 12 Year Old Girls With a Controversial Drug is a Good Idea?"

On the back, it reads:

"Rick Perry Ordered Texas Girls Injected with a Drug to Treat Sex Diseases - Without Parental Consent."

That's FALSE.

Perry did push for the shot and even signed an executive order making the vaccine mandatory -- but the order had an "opt-out" clause for parents who didn't want the shot for their daughters.

The mailer also reads:

"Perry's effort was so radical that if was overturned by the state legislature."

That's TRUE.

The state House and Senate pushed through a bill that voided Perry's mandate and took the shot off the mandatory list. It passed, and Perry agreed not to veto it.

And finally, the mailer says:

"The drug company that manufactures the controversial drug and stood to make billions from Perry's order? They have been major supporters of Perry."

That's TRUE.

Merck, the vaccine's manufacturer, has contributed thousands to Perry's re-election campaigns.

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