being the g.o.p. front runner for president has put a bulls eye on the back of rick perry. competitors are hammering him about the decision to mandate the teenage girls get the vaccine. >> to have innocent 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is flat out wrong. >> governor perry taking debate fire for an executive order he says was a mistake. >> little girls that have a negative reaction don't get a mulligan. they don't get a do over. >> michelle bachman linked
hpv to mental retardation. >> many doctors worry that an important and safe tool against cervical cancer is getting caught in politics. >> adverse effects are rare. >> i pray she doesn't become sexually active until her wedding night, but we have chosen to protect her. >> if i can prevent cervical cancer when they are 10 or 12 offer whatever, i would recommend it. >> i think that he did this by executive order is a concern of governmental power. it hits ton morality questn. there are concerns that if we give this vaccine to young girls, it may introduce a discussion of sexual activity before parents are ready to have that suggestion. >> routine vaccinations are recommended for girls from 10 to 11. ironically today rick perry campaigned today in virginia the only state that has mandated the vaccine. >> anywhere else is efforts are under way to mandate it? >> efforts, yes, but not so much succe. there were measures filed in 20 states but only virginia passed the mandate and there is a move to repeal on the grounds that government is too intrusive. 21 states provide programs on
hpv. >> mexico passed the mandate? >> yes, they'll vaccinate all girls age nine beginning in 2012.