Thursday, January 11, 2007

HPV vaccine proposal likely to stir debate | - Houston Chronicle

I am sure the religious nuts like Rev. Rick Scarborough and Vision America will oppose HPV vaccines screaming "abstinence only!" Maybe Liberalism actually doesnt kill our kids Rev. Rick Scarborough -maybe narrow minded preachers and fundamentalist Christians who oppose stem cell research and safe sex education are killing are kids. Would you support stem cell research had it resulted in a cure for diseases which have affected YOUR family the past few years?

I would love to see a stem cell be tagged as a part of the cure for a nasty cancer called Leiomyoscarcoma which my family has come to know the past year and a half. It is a good reason why you fundie preachers should shut up and let researchers and physcians practice medicine. !

HPV vaccine proposal likely to stir debate - Houston Chronicle

A plan requiring sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer can expect a flurry of opposition in the Texas Legislature.

Critics contend that bills already filed in both houses would take away parents' rights, send the wrong message to impressionable young girls and cost more than many parents can afford.

"Don't we put seat belts on our kids, helmets on bike riders?" asked state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, sponsor of the Senate bill. "This is one more thing we can do to protect our daughters."

State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, the sponsor of the bill in the House of Representatives, said she is hopeful about its chances but not quite optimistic. She said "ideology has prevailed over science" lately.

The bills would require girls to have received the vaccine to enter the sixth grade, but include opt-out provisions.

The vaccine, known under the trade name Gardasil, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June, and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee soon after it was recommended that girls and women 11 to 26 receive it.

The vaccine targets the human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the country and the cause of nearly all cervical cancers.

Though the infection often clears up on its own, it leads to about 10,000 U.S. cases of cervical cancer a year and 3,700 deaths.

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