Lawmakers Want Cancer Vaccination Required

Kentucky lawmakers are back in Frankfort and one is proposing a controversial piece of legislation.

State Representative Kathy Stein wants lawmakers to pass a bill that would require middle-school girls to be vaccinated against a virus that causes cervical cancer.

Human Papilloma Virus or HPV is a sexually-transmitted virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

Stein said her proposal would help spare girls from the threat of cervical cancer which claims the lives of nearly 4,000 women nationally every year.

Critics of the bill said it would prevent parents from making health decisions. A spokesman for the Family Foundation of Kentucky said the immunization is better promoted through education. Similar bills have been proposed in Texas and Maine.