Cancer vaccine being forced on girls

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070312/ap_on_re_us/cancer_vaccine_n_m

    They want to give a vaccine of an STD to sixth graders. If the parents want their kids to get them great, but I dont think they should be forced to get them. Especially when the virus can be avoided without a vaccine.
     
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    Forced??? You're kidding, right?

    There is a finite window in which the vaccine can be given during which it is effective. I know that some would prefer girls have the wrath of G-d upon them and be punished if they engage in premarital sex, but I don't think girls should be denied a lifesaving vaccine because of some puritanical abstinence-only idea.
     
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    Yes forced. What else do you call it when you have no choice?
     
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    Gee jill, REQUIRED sounds like "forced" to me.....:eusa_silenced:
     
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    People are required to get polio vaccines, too. This is about the radical right's abstinence only thing. They're afraid that if a girl doesn't think she's going to die of cervical cancer if she has sex that she's somehow more likely to be promiscuous.
     
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    Holy moley, jillian - I hope the strap on your bungee cord held, after a leap like that!
     
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    The vaccine should be made available on a voluntary basis at the parents discretion.
     
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    Silly opponents of this vaccine seem completely oblivious that Hepatits B (for which we have been vaccinating kids against for about two decades) is also a sexually transmitted disease.

    Where's the outrage over it?
     
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    You have any other colorable reason why anyone would object to girls being innoculated against something that could give them cervical cancer?
     
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    Why should this be mandatory? Easy. Many cancer patients eventually end up on Medicare which I pay for. I'd rather pay for a $50 shot for a kid than tens of thousands of dollars for hospitlization of a cancer patient.

    Capitalism wins again.
     
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