SC House upholds Haley veto on HPV vaccine

Associated Press Modified: June 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm •  Published: June 26, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has failed to override 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. It 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.

Haley opposed the bill, calling it a suspended unfunded mandate, while arguing it does nothing. And she says she doesn't want the government handing out leaflets on it.

Sponsoring Rep. Bakari Sellers says Haley put politics ahead of women's health. He says preventing the cancer will save money and lives.