A bill that would help prevent cervical cancer was approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today by a vote of 5-4. The bill would require Colorado school-age girls to be vaccinated against HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Suzanne Williams (D-Aurora), compared vaccine to those already required for Hepatitis B and tetanus. And, she said, it will save lives.
Opponents to the bill are wary of the government advocating a vaccine that protects against a sexually transmitted disease to younger teens and children, but parents who object have the option to refuse.
SB 80 will now go the Appropriations Committee.
Read the Denver Post‘s editorial urging the passage of the bill.