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May 9th, 2006
Stupid So-Called Moralists

So I’ve been reading a lot lately about a vaccine for HPV (otherwise known as Human Papillomavirus), specifically for the strains that are most likely to cause cervical cancer in women. It is estimated that 99% of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV. Also, it is worth noting that it is estimated that over 80% of sexually active adults have been infected by HPV at some time, although the majority don’t suffer any ill effects or even know they have been infected. Click here for more on the vaccine.

In order to be most effective, the vaccine should be given to young people before they are sexually active, say, for example, at puberty. However, the religious right is prepared to fight this, stating that the best way to not be infected by HPV is to wait until marriage to have sex.

So I’m thinking… huh? Sure, in a perfect world maybe. But how many people make it to marriage with BOTH partners being virgins? Is it fair to condemn a woman to the possibility of cervical cancer just because she has sex before marriage, or marries a man who isn’t a virgin?

The religious right considers sex outside of marriage to be immoral, and I guess, that dying of cervical cancer is an appropriate punishment for such a sin – never mind that men are biologically prevented from sharing in that fate. Ideologically I consider it more immoral to withhold a cancer-preventing vaccine from all women, just because some of them may also be engaging in premarital sex.

Posted by Claire at 09:36 PM | Politics | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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