Good for the Virginia Senate
|And kudos to my State Senator Janet Howell for introducing SB1230 which passed the Senate unanimously.|
This bill would make vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) required for girls in Virginia by the 6th grade.
This vaccine really is an excellent example of an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure. HPV causes most forms of cervical cancer. So, by getting a series of shots, these girls will avoid the horror of this type of cancer.
Fortunately, the Virginia Senate hasn't fallen victim to the backward thinking of Christian conservatives who oppose this vaccination. You see, HPV is a sexually transmitted virus so, apparently, trying to avoid its transmission by any other means than abstinence is bad.
To paraphrase one of my favorite quotes, If you oppose this vaccine, something is more important to you than saving lives.