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April 18, 2014

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The HPV Vaccine
Should States Mandate Its Use?
Last Featured: 7/2/2007

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Nearly half of the states are now considering laws that would require girls entering sixth grade to be vaccinated against the cervical cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV). The move raises important questions about the best way to encourage the use of a vaccine that has the potential of reducing cervical cancer. Will immunizing girls lead to more premarital sex as some parents and conservative groups fear? Should the vaccine’s manufacturer who has a financial stake in widespread use of the vaccine be pushing mandates? Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we take a detailed look at how the law affects health policy and whether mandating this vaccine is the best approach.


Women and HPV
Host Margot Adler speaks with scientist Cosette Wheeler about the human papillomavirus and the link to cervical cancer.


Dr. Cosette Wheeler is professor and chief of translational research in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. She has spent 20 years studying HPV and its relationship to cervical cancer. Dr. Wheeler has also conducted pivotal phase I, II, and III HPV vaccine studies in support of both Gardasil and Cervarix.

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Debate on the Issue: State-Mandated Vaccinations
Host Margot Adler is joined by Julie Kay and Moira Gaul to debate whether the HPV vaccine should be made mandatory for girls entering the 6th grade.


Julie F. Kay is a staff attorney at Legal Momentum in the Sexuality and Family Rights Program. Before joining Legal Momentum she was a legal consultant to the Irish Family Planning Association. Prior to that she worked as a staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights and as a law clerk for United States District Judge Mark L. Wolf in Boston, Massachusetts.


Moira Gaul serves as the director of women's and reproductive health at the Family Research Council, where she is responsible for analyzing policy, monitoring trends and initiatives, and tracking new research and legislative developments affecting women's and children's health. She holds a master's of public health in maternal and child health from George Washington University and she previously served as the director of client services at the Charlottesville Pregnancy Center in Charlottesville, VA.

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Report from Maine
Justice Talking contributor Johanna Greenberg of Blunt Youth Radio asks some of her teenage peers what they know about HPV and the new vaccine Gardasil.

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Selling the Vaccine
Host Margot Adler talks to pharmaceutical reporter Jim Edwards about Merck and the marketing of Gardasil.


Jim Edwards is a senior editor at Brandweek, where he covers drug marketing. He is a winner of the Neal Award for business journalism, which he received for his coverage of corruption in the advertising industry. He has written for MTV News, Salon, The Nation and The National Law Journal. He writes the blog www.BrandweekNRX.com.

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HPV in the Developing World
Host Margot Adler is joined by Jackie Sherris of PATH to discuss efforts to combat cervical cancer in the developing world.


Dr. Jacqueline Sherris has more than 20 years of experience in public health. She currently serves as vice president of global programs at PATH, an international public health organization. From 2002-2007 she served as PATH’s program leader for the Reproductive Health Strategic Program, through which she led and expanded the organization's cervical cancer prevention work, including efforts to increase access to HPV vaccines in developing countries.

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