is what condoms and vaccines would keep our young women from, but that doesn’t matter to conservative Texan state legislators.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Tuesday he is backing down in his effort to require that pre-teen girls be vaccinated against a virus known to cause cervical cancer after the state’s legislature overturned his order.
The February order would have made Texas the first U.S. state to require that girls receive the Merck & Co. Inc.’s vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) so they can enroll in sixth grade, when most students are 11 or 12 years old. But social conservatives opposed it, saying it would lead to sexual promiscuity.
HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer and genital warts, and the vaccine, which is completely effective against the more common strains, is most useful only when administered to pre-teens. Whether they plan to be sexually active in their teenage years or not, the vaccine protects girls into adulthood. But, let’s be real, these are
school-going children kids in their hormonal years, sans chaperones and au pairs, whom we cannot expect to fight natural urges and keep hands off one another. What’s worse – responsible, protected sex or infected and infectious young adults?
Earth to conservative legislators:
– No kid is going to say, “I have access to condoms and vaccines, therefore I am going to have sex more often.”
– No kid who wants to have sex is going to abstain because of the lack of condoms and vaccines.
– You are the purveyors of irresponsible behavior in American youth.
Good grief, our lawmakers are deluded, so self-centered and deluded, that they would sacrifice the well-being of their young to placate their equally idiotic constituents.