HPV Coercion story in Herald, page 3


That wife of mine . . . always complaining about something . .

NAAHHHH actually the opposite is true – She really hates to rock the boat and was hesitant to tell the story when she was asked about it. And the fact is that everyone we have talked to in Orkney is really sympathetic and cooperative. We actually didn’t contact any newspapers, but when my a recent blog post about our daughter’s coerced HPV jab went viral and ended up in chat rooms and forums all over the country, the newspapers heard about it and our phone has been going crazy ever since.

The Sunday Herald also ran the story of our daughter today. Here’s the story. Click to enlarge and join the chat about it here at the Sunday Herald.


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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • brad says:

    Abigail, Debbie, and Andrew – you did not choose this unfortunate situation, and who would ever want this kind of limelight? But now that you find yourselves in it, I appreciate that you are speaking forthrightly yet graciously, and seeking to find a providential and redemptive edge to the pain that’s been inflicted. Those of us who’ve known the Jones family for any length of time know how core to your character it is to “forwardthink” instead of “Orwellian doublethink,” and to “truthspeak” instead of succumbing to “1984 newspeak.” Other individuals and families you may never meet will benefit from what you’re doing. Thank you for your willingness to persevere through this. May your courageous actions result in a better future through public righteousness, responsibility, and a (re)sensitized conscience.

  • How is your daughter now? Did she just have the one seizure? Any more headaches? Of course we’re praying for no more adverse effects – but let us know.

  • andrew says:

    thanks for asking
    headaches stopped and no more serious seizures. she was, however, sent home from school on thursday with a urinary infection.
    we should probably be recording the side effects for medical posterity . . .

  • becky says:

    Andrew – keep a medical journal starting with the seizures so you have it on file. In addition to documenting the case, you have a record in case she say gets another infection (I pray that doesn’t happen) in another few months or so. Hopefully her doctor could see the pattern and know what to prescribe. So sorry this happened especially while you were gone in the States.

  • Peggy says:

    Andrew and Debbie,
    Know that we are praying for you all, especially with all the conjecture and wild assumptions being made about you (and all of us, your friends) in the comments. Amazing….

  • Kyle says:

    I don’t really get it. It doesn’t seem like it would matter what your daughter wanted anyways after you declined to consent. Have they allowed kids to have things like this done without parents consent in the UK for a while? I mean, when I was in high school, which wasn’t that long ago, we had to have parental consent just to sit in on a sex-ed section of a course. We had to have certain immunizations upon entering school, but they were tested and safe ones. I don’t think anything like that is happening on the US on a regular basis. I hope not, at least. My prayers are with you and I hope your daughter is well.

  • andrew says:

    Kyle – its not normal and its also illegal for someone of this age.
    The people up here (school/health/etc) are outraged that such a thing could happen and are investigating it.

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