Some Fear a Shot For Teens Could Encourage Sex
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 teenagers could encourage sexual activity.So, in the name of Jesus' love - let's allow women to die from cancer rather than entertain the possibility of them having sex before marriage. Did you hear that? That was the sound of the logic train screaming through the station at 700MPH.
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...
Hat tip to pir_anha for this story, I read it earlier in WaPo but thanks for pointing it out all the same.