Wednesday, February 7

The Mandate to Shoot

Not with a gun but a needle. Starting with Texas, up to 23 states around the country along with the district of Colombia have started a campaignto require all girls around the age of 11-12 to get a STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) vaccination. Here in Virginia both the state house and senate have already passed similar measures. Texas governor Rich Perry passed an executive order to mandate young school girls to have the shot.

I think everyone needs to be reminded that this is a disease that is not contagious, said Michelle Newman of Concerned Women.

Of course the push for this comes from the maker of the vaccine Merck, who stands to make billions if these laws are passed and has poured large amounts of money into many political races.

The main concern continues to be the parents, however. While most states have made some sort of opt out provision, the burden continues to lie with the parents to determine if this is what they want for their children.

Imagine how a Mom would explain this vaccine to their daughter, especially if they were wanting to teach the best form of protection: abstinence until marriage.
"Mommy, why do I need to get this shot?"

"Well honey, it is just in case you ever break your commitment to wait until you are married."
That is sure to inspire trust. It is like trying to vaccinate for lung cancer when the best option is just not to smoke.

Interestingly enough, it wasn't until recently (late 2005) that the Centers for Disease control actually acknowledged that the STI HPV even caused cancer.

Now they want to force even school girls with no chance at all of getting the disease to take the shot while taxpayers line Merck's pocket. Slow down. Think thru your choice.

1 Comment:

Jake said...

Lucas I think your objection to the HPV vaccine isn't based on science; rather, it comes from a biblically based squeamishness about remarital sex. Now I will agree with your reservations about trusting a pharmaceutical giant, but if their claims are true then you are way off base my friend.

Your last point was "they want to force even school girls with no chance at all of getting the disease to take the shot". I hate to tell you, but everyone has a chance of getting the STI in question and all women who get it run the risk of cervical cancer and death. Currently 4,000 per year in the U.S. alone.

Now ignoring the fact that 50% of teens have engaged in sexual activity by the age of 16 including an even higher percentage among the abstinence only educated teens. Ignoring the fact it can, and is, passed by non-sexual skin to skin contact. Ignoring the fact that the vaccine must be giving before exposure to work (thus the preteen vaccine), think about this:

Lucas you have a sweet daughter who will remain pure for marriage. In college, she meets a nice young man. He attends church every week, plays football, and when he proposes, you are thrilled to acknowledge him as son-in-law. However, he's not completely open with your daughter about his past. The daughter is not the first woman he's slept with. Unbeknownst to any of you or her, he's brought HPV into the marriage, compromising the health of his wife, your daughter, who did nothing wrong.

How about a prodigal daughter? She should die because she didn't measure up to your moral code?

What if your daughter was raped? Lucas, did you know it even happens to women who are committed to abstinence? Unbelievable I know!

Moreover why would you tell your 11 or 12 year old any more than you were comfortable with. "It protects you from cancer", not "it protects you from cancer in case you engage in premarital sex". Though I already pointed out marriage is not a protection from HPV.

I feel you need to rethink your position on this subject. Sentencing 4,000+ U.S.women death each year doesn't seem very christian.