Sunday, April 17, 2005

Religious Right Chooses Cancer Over Vaccinations

Saw on Atrios:


Speaking of Bible-thumping, Christian righties; it seems they are opposed to a vaccine that could prevent cervical cancer in women. The argument, in my own words, is that young women should fear death from sex rather than blunting such fear by giving a life-saving vaccine.


I'm serious.

These culture of "life" worshippers have some great ideas, no? There is no reason you can't replace "human papilloma virus" with "human immunodeficiency virus." So imagine, your basic Santorums, DeLays, and Frists of the world believe the following: should a vaccine for HIV be discovered, it should be withheld from young women -- lest they get the impression that sex isn't evil, immoral, and deadly.

"DEATHS from cervical cancer could jump fourfold to a million a year by 2050, mainly in developing countries. This could be prevented by soon-to-be-approved vaccines against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer – but there are signs that opposition to the vaccines might lead to many preventable deaths."

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