The clock is winding down for a British teen girl pursuing U.S. citizenship after she refused to get the HPV vaccine, also known as Gardasil.
The vaccine is recommended but not mandatory for American girls. However, a U.S. immigration law requires the vaccine for girls seeking to become American citizens.
Simone Davis, a British-born Christian living in America with her adoptive mother Jean Davis, is in a battle with the immigration authorities over the requirement.
This week, immigration rejected the 17-year-old’s request for a waiver based on moral and religious reasons.
“I am only 17 years old and planning to go to college and not have sex anytime soon,” Simone told ABC News. “There is no chance of getting cervical cancer, so there’s no point in getting the shot.”
Her grandmother added, “You wouldn’t walk around with a crash helmet on if you weren’t going to ride a motorcycle.”
Simone also expressed concerns over the possible health risk involved, saying she feels the government is using immigrants as guinea pigs to test the drug.
“I told Nanny (Simone’s grandmother) that if it is such a great vaccine, why isn’t it mandatory for everyone?” asked Simone. "Someone has to stand up and say, ‘This isn’t right.’ These girls are being forced,
Without the vaccine, Simone Davis will be denied citizenship and will face removal from the college where she was accepted conditionally. Simone has 30 days to appeal.
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