'Just Say No'

November 2006

You not doubt heard that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new vaccine for cervical cancer, a sexually transmitted disease, for girls and women. Girls are to be given the shot at around age 11.

Mary DeTurris Poust, who writes regularly for the modcon Our Sunday Visitor (OSV), has a column in OSV (July 30) that approved of the shot. She says, "More than 9,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year, and 3,700 in the United States will die from it. As the mother of two daughters, I, for one, want to protect them from becoming one of those unfortunate statistics...."

My, DeTurris Poust is a worrywart. Only 9,000 women and girls get cervical cancer in a year. There are about 150,000,000 women and girls in the U.S.

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New Oxford Notes: November 2006

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The vaccine is also now being recommended for boys. The same HPV virus can be transmitted during oral sex and is linked with the increase in head and neck cancers.

So, even if your sons and daughters remain technical virgins, HPV is extremely common and can cause other cancers (as well as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease).

So I guess it boils down to how much you trust your child and all their peers/potential mash partners. Even if your child is pure as the driven snow, and keeps all orifices locked up until marriage, did their spouse? How much do you want to place on that bet? Your child's life, health, fertility?

I hadn't heard about the product being synthesized from aborted babies from the 1960s. (Was it just the research, or the manufacture of the vaccine?) Abortion was illegal back then, wasn't it? Isn't the thought of forty year old abortion remains utterly disgusting? What a thing to inject into your child.

At least make sure they don't take up smoking.
Posted by: kentuckyliz
September 04, 2007 08:39 AM EDT
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