Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (Getty)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP, WLTX) - The South Carolina House has upheld Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of a bill intended to provide information on and access to a free vaccine that prevents a sexually transmitted, cancer-causing virus.
The House's 54-47 vote Tuesday killed the bill, which called for informational brochures on the vaccine for human papillomavirus, known as HPV, to be provided to parents of sixth-graders. Parents could choose to have their seventh-graders receive the vaccine. The bill specifies those provisions depend on funding.
Sponsoring Rep. Bakari Sellers says Haley put politics ahead of women's health. He says preventing the cancer will save money and lives.
"We had a chance to put women first, especially when it comes to healthcare issues, we didn't. I guess as much as I was hopeful, I also had a temperate spirit and understood that it may not turn out the way we wanted. We got more votes than they did we just didn't get enough," said Sellers, a Bamberg County Democrat after the vote.
Rep. Chip Huggins, a Lexingon County Republican, took to the floor against overriding Haley's veto. He told lawmakers his daughter had a negative reaction to the vaccination.
The Republican governor opposed the bill, saying it does nothing while being a suspended unfunded mandate. And she says she doesn't want the government handing out leaflets on it.
Sellers says he will continue to introduce the measure until it goes into effect.