Monday, October 31, 2005

HPV vaccine

This isn't the first time I've gotten annoyed by this issue. For those of you late to this topic, social conservatives want to block the use of a cervical cancer vaccine that is 100% effective because it implicitly condones pre-marital sex. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

A new vaccine that protects against cervical cancer has set up a clash between health advocates who want to use the shots aggressively to prevent thousands of malignancies and social conservatives who say immunizing teen-agers could encourage sexual activity.

Although the vaccine will not become available until next year at the earliest, activists on both sides have begun maneuvering to influence how widely the immunizations will be employed.

Groups working to reduce the toll of the cancer are eagerly awaiting the vaccine and want it to become part of the standard roster of shots that children, especially girls, receive just before puberty.

Because the vaccine protects against a sexually transmitted virus, many conservatives oppose making it mandatory, citing fears that it could send a subtle message condoning sexual activity before marriage. Several leading groups that promote abstinence are meeting this week to formulate official policies on the vaccine.

Read more here .

Sometimes i wish The Rapture really would happen so that these people would be taken away to some magical place instead of staying here on Earth making policy decisions. Don't be fooled. The social conservatives will say, "Hey...i just don't want MY kids vaccinated. YOU can do whatever you want with YOUR kids".

If these people want their own kids to get cancer, power to them, but unfortunately, to wipe out a disease, everyone has to get vaccinated. Otherwise, evolution will...sorry, God will intelligently design viruses that vaccines won't work against. Thanks God.


Blogger shannon said...

It's because it's for cervical cancer. If it was something for prostate cancer, I'm sure it would be passed in a week.

5:26 PM  

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