October 10, 2005
A Cancerous Growth

From Uncle Horn Head we get a depressing news story advising us that the Family Research Council opposes allowing women to be vaccinated with the newly discoverd cancer vaccine because.... well, just read what they said down below or better yet, go read the whole thing.

Deaths from cervical cancer could jump fourfold to a million a year by 2050, mainly in developing countries. This could be prevented by soon-to-be-approved vaccines against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer — but there are signs that opposition to the vaccines might lead to many preventable deaths.

The trouble is that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is sexually transmitted. So to prevent infection, girls will have to be vaccinated before they become sexually active, which could be a problem in many countries.

In the US, for instance, religious groups are gearing up to oppose vaccination, despite a survey showing 80 per cent of parents favour vaccinating their daughters. “Abstinence is the best way to prevent HPV,” says Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council, a leading Christian lobby group that has made much of the fact that, because it can spread by skin contact, condoms are not as effective against HPV as they are against other viruses such as HIV.

“Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a licence to engage in premarital sex,” Maher claims...

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Posted by Buck Batard at October 10, 2005 09:17 AM
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This is why I am tending more to the ballistic when someone says "you've got to respect other people's beliefs". No, not when they are ignorant, stupid AND dangerous. There is no reasonable response to these morons. Culture of Life my ass.

Posted by: Rob G on October 10, 2005 9:49 AM

These people would rather have their children die than have sex. Nice.

Posted by: tstreet on October 10, 2005 10:01 AM

Then, of course, you have the old double whammy wherein someone's daughter is raped and is not only pregnant, but contracts cervical cancer. Consensual sex is not the only sexual experience, unfortunately.

Why are all intelligent approaches to sex education and sexual-medical situations attacked by the right as "implicit permission to have sex"?

Posted by: oldguy on October 10, 2005 10:24 AM

I agree with oldguy.

I also feel sorry for a woman who is in a seeminly monogomous relationship, yet her partner contacts HPV and transmits it to her.

Posted by: Gouda on October 10, 2005 11:46 AM

In 1917 the rate of out of wedlock childbirths was 1% for whites and 12% for blacks. In 1997 it was 28% for whites and 69% for blacks. There is no way to reconcile this data with the belief that condoms work better than abstinence.

http://www.irrationalknowledge.com/10-10-2005/abstinence-the-only-method-that-does-work/

Posted by: Justin on October 10, 2005 6:29 PM
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