New Senate bill would give HPV prevention information to school children's families.
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New Senate bill would give HPV prevention information to school children's families.

Date: February 10, 2009
By: Chance Seales
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB104

Intro: A Kansas City Senator says she wants more of Missouri's families to know about the risks of HPV.

Chance Seales (SEALS) reports from Jefferson City.

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A proposed bill in the Missouri Senate would send information on how to prevent STDs to Middle School families. If passed, the parents of sixth-grade girls in public school would receive information about the risks of HPV. Kansas City Senator Jolie Justus (JUSTICE) introduced the bill and says it's a step toward preventing the second most common type of cancer in young women.
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Description: We would be able to rid this country of the most dangerous forms of HPV and in the future, hopefully eliminate cervical cancer.


The bill would also provide funding for HPV vaccinations not covered by private insurance.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Chance Seales.


Intro: STD vaccine information will find its way to middle school families' mailboxes if a bill in the Missouri Senate picks up momentum.

Chance Seales (SEALS) reports from the State Capitol.

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Missouri public schools will be required to send information about the Human Papilloma Virus to parents of female sixth-graders under the new measure.

If the bill passes, the program will provide packets with facts about HPV risks including cervical cancer. 

Saint Louis County Republican Senator Jane Cunningham says she wants the bill's language to strongly encourage abstinence.

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Description: But that implies that there's some other really good ways that work. And I don't think any other way...that is the only way that we know works for sure. 

Kansas City Senator Jolie Justus (JUSTICE)the bill's sponsor said the abstinence language will stay the same, setting it up for even more debate.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Chance Seales.