One of the many reasons I just don't get Catholics...

Posted by on Friday, June 29, 2012

The school trustees of the Calgary Catholic School Board (a publicly funded school board!) have once again, banned public health care nurses from bringing the HPV (Human papillomavirus virus) vaccine into the schools.

They say it's because getting the vaccine can cause promiscuity.

Are you fucking kidding me?

HPV is a virus that can cause genital warts and can lead to cancers of the cervix, vagina, penis, oropharynx, anus.  It has also been recently linked to an increase in cardiovascular disease.

Do you know how I know this (other than the fact that I am a reasonably educated individual)?  My best friend has HPV.  She had cervical cancer. She's also had a hysterectomy.

She isn't even 35 yet.  She's already a cancer survivor and she isn't even 35.

The Catholic School Board is trusting the spiritual direction of the bishop... a man. A man whose beliefs tell him that abstinence is the only way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Seriously? I'm pretty sure we're all over the "abstinence is best" policy (I'm looking at you Bristol Palin). Because no amount of preaching stops kids from having sex. Or adults from having sex. Or adults in committed long-term relationships from having sex with someone who wasn't protected at some time. Or sex assaults. The list goes on.

If "you" don't vaccinate "your" children - "your" children are at risk.  As is all of the other children that "your" child comes in contact with.

The CCSB lets public health nurses into schools to administer other vaccines... the ones that have helped to (for the most part) diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, hepatitis B and meningitis from our country... but not one that could save someone from cancer.

It seriously boggles my mind.  Put your religion aside, and just start making decisions in the best interest of the child.

And for the rest of us, that may one day come in contact with your unvaccinated, disease-carrying offspring.

4 Comments

  1. oh...there is no "PC" way to respond to this! but it is just like saying handing out condoms promotes promiscuity. If you are going to do something, you are going to do it, and there is no reason not to equip people with the tools they need to be safe.

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  2. Who owns your children, you or the State? Freedom means its your choice--not the State's.

    Does anybody want their country back?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le7IV1ltgNE&feature=plcp

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  3. well I was baptised and raised catholic until I was about 12, and I don't get them either.

    I couldnt agree more. You should want your child to have every opportunity to live a long healthy life. Vaccines are vaccines, if there is one out there, you should get it! It doesn't promote promiscuity, it's prevention!! You could get married, and only sleep with your husband, and still contract hpv, it isn't an easy detection in men!!

    I had to get on the pill quite early in life, due to severe "girl troubles" but if anything it made me more abstinent, I felt like my Mom "expected" me to be having sex once I was on the pill, and I wanted to be a good kid. It's more about how you raise your kids, and the values you teach them, as opposed to how you try to protect them from whatever it is you can.

    being open with me about life, and sex was the best thing my mom could've done for me. it wasn't taboo and I didn't feel the need to sneak around. I wanted my parents to respect and trust me and that came from my respect of them for treating me the way they did.

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  4. Parents don't even educate their kids about sex and protection.. I swear to God it is left to teachers.

    HPV is not tested in men and condoms do not protect you from it, so even if you are as careful as you can be, you are still at risk. This added to thoughts of teens like "Guys have less sperm when they are young" and "You can't get pregnant if you pull out".. it does lead to a need for a vaccine. Almost everyone has been exposed to HPV, just some people are lucky enough to not have their bodies react to it.

    I do not wish any girl to ever be in my position. I honestly thought I would be better off dead than not be able to have kids. I still find it hard to be around pregnant people and babies at times. Sex is not the same since I had a hysterectomy. It is the hardest thing I have ever gone through, having to have a hysterectomy at 32. I would not wish that on anyone..

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