Robert, you write that Michele Bachmann went for Perry’s “jugular” on this issue. Indeed she did, but it’ll be interesting to see if the jugular that she really hit was her own. Time will tell.
On the broader issue, I have long thought that opposition to HPV vaccination programs of this type is profoundly mistaken, and I still do. Should there be provision for a parental opt-out? Of course. And in Texas there was.
As for the vaccine’s safety, the CDC has a useful summary here.