Monday, October 10, 2005

New Anti-Cervical Cancer Vaccine Opposed by Religious Fundamentalists

And I'll give you one guess why. Key graphs:

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, though it is arguable how many young women have even heard of the virus.

Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. The lives of thousands of women in this country might be saved, and these fruitcakes are worried that it might encourage females to have premarital sex. You see, to people like these rigtwing religious Republicans, sex is sin, but acting to stop a preventable cancer isn't. It shows once again how sick and perverted their belief system is. Someone needs to say, "I'm not going to die for your beliefs."

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