HPV Vaccination Mandate Bill Causes Continued Concern

Parents in New York continue to be deeply concerned about the HPV vaccination mandate bill  (Bill S.298-B-Hoylman/A.2912-A-Paulin), which would require parents to have their children vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) before enrolling them in seventh grade.

This misguided legislation would bar schools from allowing students in grades seven and up to attend school for more than 14 days if they have not been vaccinated against HPV. (An extension of 30 days could be made available for students transferring from another state or nation.) Like the controversial 2019 law that repealed New York’s religious exemption from vaccination requirements, the HPV vaccination mandate bill would apply to all schools—public, private, or Christian.

At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we find this legislation objectionable from a parental rights perspective and from a religious liberty perspective. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is sexually transmitted. Parents, not the State of New York, should decide whether to vaccinate their kids against sexually transmitted infections. Furthermore, the bill would require Christian schools to abide by its provisions, undermining the Biblical teaching that young people should abstain from sexual relations until marriage.

As of this writing, the HPV vaccination mandate bill has not moved in either house of the State Legislature. It is under consideration in both the Senate Health Committee and the Assembly Health Committee. Please use our Legislative Action Center to contact your elected officials today to express your staunch opposition.

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