Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Now, about that HPV vaccine for cervical cancer...

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, causes most cases of cervical cancer, which kills 4,000 women each year in the U.S. There's new hope, though: We now have a vaccine that can prevent HPV infection. However, right-wing Christian groups are objecting to the idea of widespread HPV vaccination, positing that giving girls the vaccine is tantamount to telling them they're free to fornicate with abandon. (Because isn't fear of cancer the main reason a girl decides not to have sex?)

For blogger Suzinalexa, this is a personal issue. She excerpts Katha Pollitt's Nation article on the topic. Go read it, and do what you can to spread the word about the HPV vaccine and the Religious Wrong's vendetta against it.

(Hat tip to the Unapologetic Atheist for the catchy term, "Religious Wrong.")

5 comments:

cancerbaby said...

Thanks for posting this, Orange. Athough I've known about the FRC's opposition to the vaccine for a few weeks, you gave me the kick in the pants I needed to write something about it.

Orange said...

Way to capitalize on your recently expanded audience, cancerbaby! Thanks for beating the drum a little louder.

Mona Buonanotte said...

After it came to light that New York SEX offender felons were getting free Viagra through Medicare, doesn't that warrant a declaration by the Religious Right that Viagra is the work of the devil? And causes its users to abuse children and turn into hard-core criminals?

The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

I have to be fair and admit I didn't invent the term... I actually learned it from a pastor who works with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in a seminar on phrasing and framing. Still, pretty funny stuff.

Lisa said...

What a great thing that would be! and there are still plenty of STDs out there, ya religious freaks!!