Thursday, March 15, 2007

H.P.V. vaccine does not equal an endorsement for sex!!!

It should be a crime for people to impose their morals upon others... especially if by doing so it could result in someone having to suffer (and possibly die a painful death) from something that could have been avoided in the first place.

I am sickened by the actions of certain people in Texas who are trying to prevent Governor Rick Perry's H.P.V. vaccine mandate from going in effect.

I have heard people spew out "excuses" (not reasons that are valid) like vomit, that are a type of scare tactic that will end up putting thousands of young women in danger if these people succeed.

Their top talking point would make me laugh, if it wasn't such a serious subject.

To say that giving these young ladies the vaccine is an endorsement to have sex is just ridiculous! These two things have nothing in common. By that reasoning, a person could equally say that allowing young girls to wear bikini swimwear is an endorsement for sex - because we all know that when young boys see cute girls half naked... they immediately must have sex!!!

A vaccine MUST be taken before the person would coem into a situation that might allow the disease to happen. You don't get a flu shot after you get the flu, why would you want the young girls to wait until after they are in a position to have already had sex?

The vaccine is safe... it's endorsed by many agencies, both govermental & civilian.

And the reason for the mandate was not to circumvent the authority of the parents... it was so that the medical insurance companies couldn't deny paying for the vaccine by reason of it being "elective" and not necessary. The opponents of this mandate know full well that there is a simple process to "opt out" if a child's parents don't want their daughter to have the vaccine. And it makes no sense that people should be afraid that their name would be collected on some list that would be used as a way to persecute any parent who chooses to opt out of the program. That's a sign of severe paranoia for these people to jump to that conclusion when no evidence supports that claim.

I'm sure that any young girl being vaccinated would be given information about what the vaccine does & does not protect, and that the vaccine is not protection against other S.T.D.s or even pregnancy. To think that a person would only receive a shot and be sent on her way without being told anything is another sign of how unrealistic the thinking of the opposition really is. To do that would be negligent & almost assure that the child would fall victim to other situations that any reasonable person would surely also want the child to avoid.

And if these people opposed to the vaccine mandate think their young girls aren't having to deal with the possibility of having sex so young... then they are like an ostritch with its head buried in the sand. Being in denial of such potential activity is like playing Russian Roulette with 5 bullets in the 6-shooter.

I have a 14 year old son, and I have already spoken to him about the dangers of having sex so young. I'd much rather he have the knowledge of what could happen than to not speak of such things & find out afterward he did something out of ignorance & now much suffer the consequences. I have raised my son a certain way, & I trust him to make the right choices in any situation he may face. If he doesn't do as I would hope he would, then I will be disappointed. BUT... I'd rather be a disappointed parent than one who has to deal with the consequences of what has happened because my child didn't have the information/tools that could have prevented an unfortunate situation.

Never is "better safe than sorry" the most sensible plan of action to follow!!

These are the FACTS:

H.P.V. is the known cause of certain types of cervical cancer.

About 6.2 million people get H.P.V. each year in the U.S.

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 9700 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer (and about 3700 women will die from it) this year.

The vaccine is safe for 11 & 12 year olds... even as young as 9 year olds.

The vaccine has been proven to be almost 100% effective against the 4 types of cancer it is designed to protect against.

The best & most sensible way to prevent this from happening is to have the vaccine given to girls before they become exposed to the potential of H.P.V.

It is my opinion that anyone who actively prevents this vaccine from being made available to as many girls as possible is responsible for anyone who gets H.P.V. - especially if it could have been prevented if not for the actions of these people opposed to the vaccine being used.

Cervical cancer is a painful way to suffer & die... and unnecessary when you consider we have the ability to prevent it from happening to many of the people who might get it.

How could a person live with the guilt of knowing they did something that caused women to suffer & die a horrible death - just because they wanted to push their morality on others??? I know I couldn't look in the mirror if I helped prevent girls from receiving a vaccine that could have prevented them from getting certain types of cervical cancer.

How about you?

Check out this link to a website with information about H.P.V., cervical cancer, & the vaccine before you let even one more young girl become a victim to this preventable condition.

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