Thanks to California governor Jerry Brown, Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil will now be given to children 12 years or older without parental consent. Omitting parents from the entire equation, California lawmakers are now leaving 12-year-old children to make their own health decisions. The decision to be vaccinated with the Gardasil HPV vaccine is a particularly risky decision, a decision that thousands of young girls and boys wish they could have re-made. Gardasil, of course, has wrecked thousands of lives nationwide, even leading to over 49 deaths. Considering these facts, why would legislators and Jerry Brown allow for such an insane bill to become a law?
How Merck used bribery to pass the Gardasil bill
As it turns out, there is an answer to that question: the almighty dollar. Merck used financial power to ensure that the bill would pass by paying off key legislators.
Caught in the act by Cal Watchdog, targeted politicians who passed the bill received thousands from Merck, the maker of Gardasil. The report highlights the fact that this bill has nothing to do with improving public health of California students and families. In fact, it has a lot more to do with profits. A few thousand dollars spent on key legislators to pass the bill is nothing compared to the increased profit Merck is going to see when this law takes full effect.
Meanwhile, the health of young children will be severely put at risk. Merck and California legislators are effectively taking advantage of the trusting nature of young children by signing this bill into law by using psychological marketing tactics on their developing brains in order for them to comply.