Gardasil and the American religious right

In the latest load of self righteous crap from America’s religious right, conservative political groups are lobbying to block young girls from receiving Gardasil, the Australian developed immunization against human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer. Apparently these primates think that cancer is a lesser evil than sex. Their argument is that by reducing the risk of sexually transmitted disease you encourage sexual activity. A corollary of this argument is that sexually transmitted diseases should be encouraged to discourage sexual activity. Somehow I find this hard to swallow. Why here’s an idea, perhaps we can immunize people against having sex by giving them HIV? I imagine that would be very effective.

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