Monday, May 09, 2005

The Family Research Council wants to give women cancer

Google-assisted ramblings around the internet led me to some disturbing discoveries. Not only are deaths from cervical cancer set to explode in the next 50 years, but our virtuous friends at the Family Research Council oppose the use of a vaccine that would protect against Human Papilloma Virus infections(the main cause of cervical cancer) because it might lead to people having more premarital sex.

If having premarital sex leaves young women drenched in sin and headed towards eternal hellfire, why send them down that road with something that is now potentially preventable? Right, it's because this isn't really about protecting virtue and raising moral young people-this is about controlling women and punishing those who don't want to submit to your restrictions. Considering "half of all sexually active women between 18 and 22 are infected"(a pretty horrifying number in itself), and the fact that the virus causes no similar problems for men, it's hard to read opposition to this vaccine as a statement that the sluts get what they deserve. And these people say liberals don't respect life?

If the Family Research Council succeeds in preventing the distribution of this vaccine, it'll join, among others, the clinics starved by the Global Gag Rule on the list of important medical care denied to the women in the world who need it most due to toxic moralism. How can these people be so self righteous when they so happily condemn others to suffer and die, all for falling short of a completely arbitrary set of ideas?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Human Papilloma Virus is not, as your wrote, "the main cause of cervical Cancer".
Human Papilloma Virus causes 99.7% of all cervical cancers, which means that it is ****THE**** (****ONLY***) cause of cervical cancer, including the rarer type called adenocarcinoma of the cervix.