By Josh Lederman - 09/16/11 05:48 PM EDT
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), in a Web video released Friday, bestowed the moniker “PerryCare” on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) mandate that teenage girls in Texas receive HPV vaccines.
The video signals an effort by Bachmann to take back control of an issue that started out as a major boost to her campaign but quickly unraveled into a liability.
“Whether it’s ObamaCare or PerryCare, I oppose any governor or president who mandates a family’s healthcare choices and violates the rights of parents on these issues,” Bachmann says in the video. “Especially if the decision-making process occurs behind closed doors, bypassing legislative action, and favors campaign contributors over families.”
Under Perry’s mandate, parents may opt their daughters out of the vaccination program.
Read more on The Hill’s Ballot Box blog.