From its offering this morning - "Playing politics with children's health":
As their daughters prepare to enter middle school, parents are informed about a three-dose vaccine that has the power to keep them from contracting a virus known to cause cervical cancer. Virginia's immunization schedule requires, with their parents' permission, for 11-year-old girls to undergo the regimen so that someday when they eventually become sexually active their bodies will be able to fight off common strains of HPV.No, it couldn't be the obvious reason. It couldn't be their stated reason. It's the bizarre reason.
It's a good requirement, and one that ought to be extended to boys, now that research shows the vaccine is just as effective in preventing certain types of cancer in them as well.
But the Virginia House of Delegates is having none of that good science. As predicted, delegates approved a bill, HB 1112, that would strike the requirement that girls have the vaccine. Apparently, they subscribe to the bizarre notion that it's a license to have adolescent sex. [emphasis mine]
Rather than the Republicans in the House of Delegates simply wanting government out of our shorts (and out of our wallets; this mandated vaccine costs a lot of money if one is not insured), rather than leaving the decision-making to the parents and advising them to know the possible dangers of this virus under certain circumstances (and not dangerous at all under most) and the GOP members wanting parents to act accordingly, the Times editorialists have their knickers twisted because government doesn't use its heavy hand to control our lives and the decisions we make. Because they know better how to run our lives because we're ignorant fools who don't know how to take care of our own children.
Think I'm exaggerating? From "Bill to repeal HPV vaccination law approved by House":
"Del. Jeion Ward, D-Hampton, voiced concern that children from low-income families would have more difficulty getting the vaccine if the state repeals the mandate."
Since low-income families are eligible to receive the HPV vaccination for free under federally funded programs, Delegate Ward's comment can mean only one thing: She's a bigot, thinking her poor constituents are too dumb to be able to take their children down to the doctor's office for the FREE vaccine if left to their own devices - or lack thereof. How else to explain the condescension?
Another thing: The jury is still out on just how safe the HPV vaccine itself is: "According to the CDC, Center for Disease Control, as of December 31, 2008 more than 23 million doses of Gardasil were distributed in the U.S. Of those doses, the CDC received 11,916 reports of adverse affects that were linked to Gardasil vaccinations."). Might that not be a consideration?
Or are the small-minded editorialists at the Roanoke Times - blind ideologues all - unable to get beyond the fact that the despised Bob Marshall sponsored the legislation?