I ran across this right after I put up my last post talking about how far out of the mainstream conservatives are straying. They are crossing the Rubicon into absurdity and even plain old maliciousness of conscious.
Conservatives are now attacking the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccination that is 100% effective and prevents cervical cancer. This vaccination would save the lives of thousands of American women each and every year, but the conservative are against it.
They believe that it will encourage promiscuity in teenagers. Forget that it may save the life of their daughters some day, they are more concerned about sex. Forget about the fact that you can still contract HPV after she is married if her husband has it.
Maybe we should remove seatbelts from cars because we might be more cautious on the roads.
Trust me. If HIV, pregnancy, and the whole host of other STDs does dissuade your daughter from having pre-marital sex, the fear of contracting HPV isn't going to do it either. Get a life people!... or should I say save a life people!
Debate rages on use of cervical cancer vaccine
While almost 100% effective, some contend use condones teen sex
Washington -- 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.
The jockeying reflects the growing influence social conservatives, who had long felt overlooked by Washington, have gained on a broad spectrum of policy issues under the Bush administration. In this case, a former member of the conservative group Focus on the Family serves on the federal panel that is playing a pivotal role in deciding how the vaccine is used.
"What the Bush administration has done has taken this coterie of people and put them into very influential positions in Washington," said James Morone Jr., a professor of political science at Brown University. "And it's having an effect in debates like this."
Update: Tommy legitimately asked in the comment section why vaccinations should be mandatory and not optional. Well, unfortunately, the answer is here - 5 Cases of Polio in Amish Group Raise New Fears - Vaccination is not only to protect your own children, but other children as well. Polio has almost been wiped off the face of the earth, but just a few people breaking the social contract can affect everyone.