Thursday, March 16, 2006

If you are looking for a reason to hate Bush...

H.P.V. (Human Papilloma Virus) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. Some estimates put the number of infected people as high as 50%. There are about 100 different strains of the virus, most of which reside in the body with no visible sign. Two of the strains cause genital warts. Two cause cervical cancer in women. In fact, H.P.V. is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women with as many as 70% of the cases coming from the virus.

Scientists have finally developed a vaccine that will prevent infection by H.P.V. The Bush administration will soon makes it's recommendation as to whether the vaccine should be administered to all women just like measles and mumps, etc.

It is suspected that they will not make a recommendation for widespread vaccination because.... wait for it..... they think that vaccination against STD's will lead to more promiscuity in teenagers.

Just to be clear: Scientists have developed a cancer vaccine and they are considering not using it for so-called moral purposes. MORAL PURPOSES!!

I can certainly understand why they wouldn't want to prevent cervical cancer. I mean, 50 years ago when no one had heard of H.P.V. or H.I.V. people were fucking in the streets. It was a regular Roman Orgy back in my Grandmother's day. Why, just the other day granny said to me, "Thank God these S.T.D.'s came along because now young people never have sex. They're all holding off for marriage."

The fact that anyone is even considering not administering this.... what was it called.... oh yeah, CANCER VACCINE is the most fucked up thing I have ever heard.
3700 women a year die from cervical cancer.


Jen said...

What do you mean by "it is suspected they will not make a recommendation...". Who suspects that and what is the basis for that suspicion? Just curious.

5:47 PM  
Booray said...

I read about it in "The New Yorker" so I assume that the reporter had references. Also, it wouldn't be a surprise given the recent tactics that kept "Plan B" from being available over-the-counter despite the FDA science advisory board's unanimous recomendation that the drug is safe and should be available without a prescription. The head of the FDA department that oversee's the process resigned in disgust over that one. Two senators are now blocking nomination of a replacement until the FDA rules on the drug.

There can be no doubt that the religous right will pressure Bush to stop this vaccine:

Quotes from The Boston Globe:

This was the response of Leslie Unruh of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse: ''I personally object to vaccinating children against a disease that is 100 percent preventable with proper sexual behavior."

The honchos at the Family Research Council said tepidly that they ''welcome medical advances," but with a very frayed welcome mat. FRC's Tony Perkins said he would not inoculate his own daughter: ''It sends the wrong message. Our concern is that this vaccine will be marketed to a segment of the population that should be getting a message about abstinence."

Meanwhile, Gene Rudd of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations acknowledges the worries of fellow travelers: ''I've talked to some who have said, 'This is going to sabotage our abstinence message."'

7:59 PM  
Jen said...

Boy, that is twisted.

1:51 PM  
Michele said...

I hate Bush for a multitude of reasons - this being one of them. Abby and I laughed at him getting all pissed off at not havine a foot to stand one when asked WHY he wanted to go to war so badly. My blood was boiling over so we turned it to the Teletubbies and peace was restored in this house again.

Maybe if one of his daughters got a nasty case of HPV that lead to cervical cancer he'd change his mind. Currently he lives in lala land where people still like him. Instead he makes himself look like a bigger jackass for buying into whatever the religious right throws at him.

Emma hates Bush too ... mainly because he interrupted Survivor one night for a speech.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous said...


10:25 AM  
Booray said...

It's a shame that the above poster is anonymous because I would love to hear his (or her's) explanation as to why a cancer vaccine is a bad thing.

I don't post based on political affiliation, I just post about stuff that I feel is lame. I have even defended Bush on occasion, pointing out that although "No Child Left Behind' is under-funded, it still has twice the money that Clinton spent on education. Also, despite the fact that we shouldn't be in Iraq, I agree with Bush that we can't pull out now. We made a mistake but we must see it through or it will just be worse for the people of Iraq. I hate the way the Democrats suck up to the Teacher's Union and believe teacher tenure should be ended.

Most distressing to me is the belief that so many people seem to have nowadays..... that you must pick a party and support it without really studying the issues on individual merit. I don't think either party is right all the time and have a hard time respecting the opinion of anyone who tows a party line without being able to back up their argument. (My personal favorite example of this is all the people who hate Hillary Clinton without being able to list one single thing she has ever supported that they disagree with. If you can't tell me WHY you hate her than why should I care that you do?)

2:54 PM  
Jen said...

I totally agree with you. I cannot side with either party 100% of the time, therefore I wind up calling myself an independent for lack of a better label.

12:12 AM  

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