Are we all perhaps linked by invisible bonds? Do the actions of one affect others, even if those others are far away? Our lives and the universe itself may be all part of a single mechanism in which all creatures and events are 'entangled' with one another.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Religious "Wrong"

Here is an excerpt from a piece on AlterNet concerning the Religious Right's latest attack on scientific (medical) advancement and common sense. These fundamentalist 'wingnuts' would rather see thousands of women die from cancer when a vaccine could prevent it because they believe it would lead to "promiscuity". The full article is available here.

This is a case of "fact" versus "belief":
The fact is ---this vaccine could prevent women from getting cervical cancer.
The belief is--that young women would be more likely to have "premarital sex" because they would feel safer knowing they were protected from the human papilloma virus.

In my opinion, fact always wins out over belief.


Why the Religious Right Fights Cancer Prevention

By Gene Gerald

Conservative religious groups have caused an uproar by opposing the development of a vaccine for the second-deadliest cancer for women.

The Food and Drug Administration advisory panel approved a vaccine for the human papilloma virus (HPV) last week. The vaccine appears to be 100 percent effective at protecting against the most prevalent viruses that cause cervical cancer.
While public health professionals view the vaccine as miraculous, many conservative organizations oppose it on the grounds that it might encourage promiscuity among adolescent girls. Now that the FDA has approved the vaccine, conservatives are already working feverishly to limit or even prevent its use.

Despite the benefits of the vaccine, conservative organizations began to rally against it last year. One of the most vocal opponents was the Family Research Council.

Who wants to bet that when (yes, I said
when-because I am confident it will be) a vaccine for HIV is available that these same "believers" will try to prevent it from being used as well?

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