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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Criminal intent

The Human Papillomavirus causes cancer and other health problems for many woman. It is a common enough virus:

Approximately 20 million people are currently infected with HPV. At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. By age 50, at least 80 percent of women will have acquired genital HPV infection. About 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Long live the science that we can have a vaccine to prevent infection with this virus—we won't be able to cure it after the fact. The Daily Kos writes about several right wing organizations such as Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council have opposed introduction of this vaccine, called Gardasil, because they think that it gives a green light to having sex. Can you just imagine that you are infected with cancer, caused by HPV, and your parents opposed the vaccine that could have prevented this? The cruelty of these people knows no bounds.

I remember a time in Holland when young people weren't vaccinated against polio, because that was supposed to be against God's will. And now many poeple live a paralyzed life. It is simply incomprehensible to me.

I repeat my theme however. These organizations aren't so much opposed to sex, as they are opposed to people who have sex. They want those who seek pleasure out of the country if not physically, than socially. They want to silence those who are not in their camp, even if it means they have to die of cancer.


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