Saturday, August 11, 2007
Vaccine versus abstinence
Canada is introducing the HPV vaccine for grade six girls this year at a cost of $300 million. The vaccine is meant to protect against genital warts and cervical cancer, and can be administered to girls as young as nine. It's like giving them a license to be promiscuous, rather than educating our children about the value of abstinence. When children are told that the vaccine will protect them against STD's, they receive a subconscious message that it's OK to be promiscuous. After all, they are protected, right? Not only that, they have the endorsement of the government in the form of the vaccine. I think we should be asking ourselves how far $300 million could go in teaching abstinence, which would have such exceedingly far reaching effects that the need for the HPV vaccine would become extinct.