I remember the response, too.

I've written about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine campaign before.  Now I want to share this excellent article by Gina R. Dalfonzo from Christianity Today, (22 March 07) which begins,

You've probably seen the commercials. Over the last few months, it's been almost impossible not to see them. They parade endlessly across our screens—a multitude of women of all ages, from all backgrounds—and they all have the same urgent message to share: "Tell someone that human papillomavirus causes cervical cancer. Tell someone. Tell someone. Tell someone."

To which I can only respond, "We tried."

Many years ago, members of the Family Research Council, a Christian public policy group in Washington, DC, tried to publicize the connection between HPV and cervical cancer, and the fact that condoms are not an effective protection agains the virus.  They were trashed, bashed, and outshouted by the media and organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), which claimed they were just trying to get people to stop having sex, and anyway the number of people who would actually get cervical cancer from HPV was so small it was not worth worrying about.

The article is quite right, and well worth reading in its entirety.  I remember both the warning and the reaction.

What would be amusing if it weren't so sad is that the same people who once pooh-poohed the HPV-cancer connection are now trumpeting it loudly—but are still bashing the FHC, this time for not jumping on the bandwagon to coerce every girl, not just the small number who would benefit from it, to receive this new and mostly unnecessary vaccine.
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Stop posting depressing articles! I'm only 24 and I feel like the world is going to hell in a hand basket!

Posted by IrishOboe on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 3:49 pm
Sorry! I remember saying that to myself at one point several years ago: Stop being so negative about the way the world is now. It's a fresh new world to your children and they'll have to live in it.

Easier said than done, though, and I post these things to (1) educate people who may not know, and (2) provoke discussion. (Though in the latter I haven't done nearly so well as you have on your blog.)

The world IS going to hell, with or without the basket, but that doesn't mean it's not worth working to change the direction, or at least reduce the velocity. Hell, after all, has been defeated, even if it is still doing a lot of damage, like the Japanese soldiers at the end of WWII who didn't know that their government had surrendered.

Posted by SursumCorda on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 5:37 pm
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