Friday, April 29, 2005

American Taliban on the march: "Bad news: deaths from cervical cancer are on the increase.

"Good news: there's a new vaccine that stops the virus that causes the cancer.

"Unfortunate news: the virus in question, human papilloma virus (HPV), is sexually transmitted.

"Obvious news: you simply have to vaccinate girls before they become sexually active.

"Unbelievable news: 'religious groups are gearing up to oppose vaccination, despite a survey showing 80 per cent of parents favour vaccinating their daughters.' Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council, a leading Christian lobby group says, 'Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a licence to engage in premarital sex.' So stopping a generation of women from getting cervical cancer is a big no-no, but insisting that a feeding tube be provided to a woman who has been dead for fifteen years is the work of angels. That's some culture of life you've got going there, guys."

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