California Minors Now Allowed To Get STD Vaccines Without Parents' Permission

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California Governor Jerry Brown just signed legislature that allows minors in the state to receive anti-STD vaccines without parental consent.

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The state already allows minors to seek STD treatment and abortion services without notifying their parents, and framers of the legislation say that this new measure closes a loophole in existing law. Critics say that it's akin to the state interfering with parental rights; that children lack the capacity to make sexual health decisions on their own.

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No word yet on what Vaccine Expert Jenny McCarthy thinks of this.

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Can I just say how much I'm loving Jerry Brown this time around? His platform was pretty much, "I'm old. I don't give a flying fuck what you think. And, P.S., I've done the job before, and I know you can't run California like a business. ARNOLD." [Pause to run video of Republican candidate Meg Whitman vowing to do exactly what Schwarzenegger has been doing, a strategy which took him from mildly popular to Congress-level approval ratings.] "Any questions?"

Turns out a governor who signs what he damn well pleases while he tells the state legislature to come back with a serious budget next time? Gets shit done.