Roci, a career government bureaucrat sees a new way to trample human rights and personal freedom while spending tax payer money and he likes it.
“Human Papaloma virus (HPV) infects about ½ of all women and is a cause of cervical cancer that kills over 270,000 women each year. Hmmm a vaccine that prevents a deadly cancer. Seems like a good idea to me.
This story from a local DC news channel claims that the DC city counsel is going to require all girls in the DC schools system to get this vaccine in the sixth grade.
The arguments for are obvious.
The arguments against are weak at best.
The only real arguments there should be on this are “is this vaccine effective”, “ is it safe”, “is it worth the cost given the risks”, and “what is the best way to implement it”.
Then get on with it.”
I can think of some other legitimate questions like:
“What about my right (or the parents) to chose what goes into my body?”
“Why is any of this the city governments business?”
“Since when is a bunch of liberal do gooders qualified, not to mention licensed to practice medicine?”
If you are worried about things like public health costs, std rates, etc. The logical solution would be to quit having the public pay for the services. No public service, no cost, no problem. The public school system isn’t qualified or capable of teaching kids to do things like read, write, mathematics, or think clearly. Why would anyone trust them to handle something more important when they can’t do the job they have?
While we’re on the subject of competence; can the city council do it’s job? Are the streets pot hole free, how’s parking, crime rates, HEY, do you have a drug free mayor yet?
If you want to reduce the rate of HPV transmission in the public schools, you could give the vaccine to the teachers and that would keep them from passing it on to the kids. Silly me, public school teachers are noble creatures that only serve the best interests of the kids, they would never exploit them by having sex with them.
It seems to me that when public schools started teaching sex ed STD rates were lower. Now that we have comprehensive sex ed the STD and teen pregnancy rates are higher. What’s going to happen when the kids think they are protected from one form of STD because they got a shot?
If this was such a great idea I don’t think you’d have to make it mandatory/compulsory, parents would line up for it. I wonder how much cash the city council members got from the pharmaceutical companies.