Immigrant Faces Penalty Over Gardasil Vaccine

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A British-born Christian living in the United States could be denied citizenship for refusing to take the controversial Gardasil vaccine required of all immigrants.

Immigration officials rejected Simone Davis' request for a waiver to opt out of taking the shot, which is said to help prevent sexually transmitted diseases that cause cervical cancer. 

Gardasil is recommended but not mandatory in the United States.  However, U.S. immigration laws require non-U.S. citizen girls living in the country to get the vaccine.

However, Davis said she is not sexually active and doesn't need it.

"I am only 17 years old and planning to go to college and not have sex anytime soon," Davis said. "There is no chance of getting cervical cancer, so there's no point in getting the shot."

CBN News spoke with Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America about Davis' case. Click play for her comments.

Still, immigration officials said making an exception for Davis would be unfair.

"The decision to include HPV as a required vaccine was made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," said Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman Chris Rhatigan.  "We follow the law."

Davis now has 30 days to appeal, which she says she cannot afford.  Her court battle has been funded primarily by church groups so far.

Without the vaccine, Davis could be denied citizenship and lose her acceptance at an American college.

One in every three teenage girls in America have been given Gardasil, a vaccine that fights the human papillomavirus, or HPV, spread through sexual contact.

Some opponents say the vaccine promotes sexual activity in young girl while others say it places a pricey burden on women.  A three-shot series of Gardasil can cost up to $1,400.

Concerns over the drug's safety have also surfaced.  Two new studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association identify 12,000 medical problems with Gardasil, including 700 reports of serious complications such as blood clots, autoimmune disorders and 32 deaths.

Sources: CBN News, ABC News

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