Supporters and opponents of Gov. Rick Perry's executive order to mandate an anti-cancer vaccine for school-aged girls will get a chance to testify before lawmakers this week.
A hearing on a legislative bill meant to block the requirement from taking effect is scheduled for Monday.
Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, has offered a bill, HB 1098, that would bar the state from requiring schoolgirls to be inoculated against the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Earlier this month, Perry ordered the vaccine for girls entering sixth grade starting in September of 2008.
Doctors, public health experts and cervical cancer survivors are all expected to testify at Monday's hearing.