Monday, November 14


The American Taliban shows how much more they care about their "principles" than women's lives. Unbelievable.

Do you suppose they hope, in Pat Robertson style, that God will strike the scientists dead for trying to save sinners' lives? Goodness only knows how they would respond to a cure for AIDS.

In clinical trials, a new vaccine was a hundred percent successful in preventing the virus that causes most cervical cancer, the second-leading cancer killer of women in the world. Every year some 10,000 American women are diagnosed with it, and nearly 4,000 die. It now appears that with government approval and funding, we're on our way to ending this scourge.
But it appears that social conservatives aren't drinking from the same chalice.

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.'”


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