Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Our Bodies, Our Selves

This is another example of what I like to call "Christian extremist terrorism." Susan Wood, an FDA official who quit when the agency refused to legalize over-the-counter access to morning-after contraception, says she believes that the next step is to refuse to grant access to potentially life-saving vaccines for human papillomavirus (genital warts), which can lead to cervical cancer, and any AIDS/HIV vaccine that could be invented in the future.

Why?

Because the same neocon Christian "family" groups that are pressuring the FDA to withhold approval making the "morning-after" pill (so-called "Plan B") available OTC are putting pressure on the agency to withhold approval of these vaccines. These groups believe that such medical treatments encourage sexual activity in young people. So, the logic amongst Christians (whose "good intentions" are becoming harder and harder to ascertain, I must say) is that, if you provide medical care for a woman's sexual wellbeing, you are encouraging her to have sex outside of marriage -- a crime which has apparently become punishable by death.

No word yet one when the FDA is planning on rescinding its approval of Viagra....

~C~

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