Protest against HPV mandate tonight

Protest against HPV mandate tonight

CUMBERLAND – A rally for those opposed to the "extreme government overreach" of the state-mandated HPV vaccine is planned for tonight, Monday, Aug. 17 at the Cumberland Public Library Hayden Center at 5:40 p.m.

The rally will call on Governor Raimondo to halt the state's mandate of the controversial HPV vaccine for all 7th-grade boys and girls.

A press conference will follow at 6:10 p.m.

The rally and press conference will precede the previously scheduled presentation about the vaccine by the Rhode Island Department of Health at 6:30 p.m.

It's sponsored by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, the parent group Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations, which has attracted some 2,300 members in the past two weeks, state lawmakers, and Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights.

Among those expected to speak at the event are concerned parents, physicians, legal experts, and families that claim to have suffered adverse side effects from the vaccine. Numerous concerns about the mandate will be covered by the speakers ranging from public health policy, parental rights, medical research and side-effects, government transparency, and ethics, to constitutional questions.

"A mandate is useless if there is no longer any penalty or enforcement mechanism," said Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center for Freedom & Prosperity. "Let's end the charade and end this unpopular mandate once and for all."