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Mass Vaccinations are the Wrong Solution

Posted by thelamp on February 11, 2007

Preventing cancer is a noble mission, but Texas’ Republican Gov. Rick Perry angered pro-family advocates last week with an executive order mandating vaccinations for all 11- and 12-year-old girls in the state before they enter the sixth grade, beginning in September 2008. The governor’s action ignited a national debate pitting parents’ rights against the government’s right and authority.

A new vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV) is at the center of the discussion. The three-shot regimen protects against four specific strains of the virus, but it does not guard against other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

The human papilloma virus, which is transmitted through sexual contact, is a leading cause of cervical cancer. The federal government approved the vaccine, manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck, in June and recommends girls be vaccinated before they are likely to become sexually active. Texas was the first state to make the vaccine mandatory – though other states, such as Ohio and California, have proposals in progress.

Since each vaccine costs more than $350, the company stands to make a fortune if such laws are adopted across the nation. Some health experts contend the vaccine is necessary because of the prevalence of intimacy among teens. This reasoning gives the impression that the medical community – if not society as a whole – is ready to admit defeat.

Bible-believing Christian parents are, or should be, teaching the next generation of mothers that abstinence protects against STDs, just as it prevents pregnancy. Instead, the government’s approach is to round up all the girls and give them a shot, because no one believes in abstinence anymore. Mass vaccinations may be an easy way for the government to “protect” against STDs, but at what expense?

Gov. Perry likens the HPV precaution with vaccinating against polio. However, there is a tremendous difference: a girl’s parents can’t teach her how to avoid contracting polio. If mandatory vaccinations become the norm, teenage girls may be lulled into a false sense of security. There are no guarantees, even with vaccinations. Young ladies who have chosen chastity as a lifestyle until they get married are in no danger of contracting the virus. CMC urges Gov. Perry to reconsider this ill-advised decision.



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