Kids in California can get HPV vaccinations, but not tans

This is what Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed yesterday:

The governor signed a measure allowing children as young as 12 to seek prevention treatment, such as vaccinations, for sexually transmitted diseases such as HPV without parental consent.

And this is also what he signed yesterday:

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he had signed into law a bill that prevents children under 18 from using the popular tanning method. The law takes effect Jan. 1.


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  • Earl

    Armstrong and Getty (Talk 650 in Sacramento) talked about this today and put their finger on the issue – the advancement of sexual libertinism for all….even 12-year olds.
    Why else would a school nurse be forbidden to give a child an aspiring without a signed permission slip from the parents in her file, but be authorized to have the child aborted without either getting permission, or even informing, those same parents?
    It’s the prohibition on giving an aspiring that’s the aberration — the Left sees itself as far wiser, and far better at bringing up your kids, than you are.  Why should they need parental permission to give an aspirin to a child?

  • Charles Martel

    The left’s fascination with genitalia has produced exactly what Huxley warned against in “Brave New World:” A nightmare where sexual license is conflated with freedom. As long as we’re free to diddle, who cares that we are increasingly hobbled or even enslaved in almost every other part of our existence?

  • bizcor

    If it feels good do it. That was the slogan of the sexual revolutoin back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Crosby, Stills, and Nash sang “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you with” Funny you should bring up “Brave New World” as I have been thinking about that book a lot these days. I guess I am not alone.

  • Mike Devx

    > If it feels good do it. 

    Add to that all the other nihilistic dionysian do-it-now ad campaigns.
    There are many, but the only one coming to mind right now is Sprite:

    Obey Your Thirst

    If you stop to think about it… how very sad.  On so many levels as it relates to the worth of human existence and human potential.  How about “Scratch That Itch”?   “Fools Plan Ahead”?  “Spend It All Now”?   “Let Your Primitive Urges Be Your Master”???


  • Spartacus

    It’s not just children who won’t be able to use tanning beds in CA anymore.  I also read that minors won’t be able to, either.
    And I know that libs utterly detest the mining industry and everyone connected with it, but that just seems to be taking pettiness and arbitrary discrimination to a new level.  With the days growing shorter as we go into the winter months, a lot of minors will be going to work before sunrise, working all day way down beneath the surface, and then coming home after sunset.  They’ll get to see the sun on weekends, if they’re lucky.  Now, I’ve never really held with the whole idea of artificial tans, but if a bunch of really sun-deprived guys want to try to make up their deficiency, what’s so wrong with that?
    Part of me says, “Well, it’s just California, and really, haven’t they driven out all mining activity anyway?  So isn’t it a moot point?”  But then I think, “First they came for the minors, and I didn’t say anything because I wasn’t a minor…”  And it’s just another bad idea that spreads because it wasn’t stopped where it started.  I mean, look at the silly nanny-statism in Europe.  Some stupid idea gets started in the Netherlands, and then Holland decides to adopt it too, and then the Dutch think it’s a great idea and jump on the bandwagon, and before you know it, the original stupid policy papers are being translated into German and Austrian and every other language so that the whole EU can go in the same stupid direction.
    Maybe I get too worked up about these things, but it’s just really annoying.

  • Charles Martel

    “With the days growing shorter as we go into the winter months, a lot of minors will be going to work before sunrise, working all day way down beneath the surface, and then coming home after sunset.”

    LOL! The ghost of Emily Latella walks beside Spartacus this day.

  • Mike Devx

    As California continues its slow descent into total collapse – counting on the rest of us to bail it out – it concerns itself with the UTTERLY CRUCIAL issue of teenagers walking into tanning salons and spending their parents’ money to change their skin pigmentation and risk cancer.

    Thank GOD they’ve got their priorities straight.

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  • suek


    I hate to mess a _really_ snarky post, but minor does not equal miner (I’d really like to be able to put in one of those crossed out = signs, but don’t know how… Those ancient typewriters allowed one to backspace and type over – computers don’t!)

    Since we live on the coast of southern California, it blows my mind when people come into our lighting store to buy special light bulbs to counter SAD (Seasonally Affected Disorder) which is supposed to be due to be caused by lack of sunlight during the winter. We live in _Southern California_ for crying out loud! Walk outside your door for half an hour a day!

    Not that we aren’t perfectly happy to sell them anything they think they need – it just makes me shake my head in wonder. Talk about ice to Eskimos and coals to Newcastle!

    To say nothing about “children under 18” – and how our “children” are being killed fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan… But it’s perfectly ok for our “children” to be having sex at will.

    Good golly.

  • suek

    This is a really good article – actually a transcript of a speech by Tom McClintock – that is one of “Larwyn’s Links” on Director Blue from yesterday, I think. Today’s – which I haven’t read yet – looks like it has some excellent articles as well. His site is a must read imo! (second link)