You know it's not going to be pretty when a global pharmaceutical giant wants to unite the words "mandatory" and "vaccine" in an unholy union, at the nation's schools, in order to curb sexually transmitted diseases.
From the Yahoostory: "The vaccine, known as Gardasil, with an estimated $2 billion U.S. market potential, targets four types of sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, or HPV, which is believed to cause more than 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of genital warts.
'We don't think it should be made mandatory for school attendance,' said Peter Sprigg, vice president of policy at the Family Research Council, who attended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel meeting on Thursday."
Added Sprigg, "And, we don't think school attendance should be mandatory, either."**
**Your Turn to Insert a Parental Right/Anti-Compulsory Schooling Ad-Lib: The following two statements, from members of the establishment Christian Right, also appeared in the article:
1. Dr. Gene Rudd of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, which also supports the vaccine but opposes school mandates, said he believes states could resolve the matter by building in some wiggle room.
"Our position is to have an easy opt out," he said. "Make it mandatory in the sense that it is generally accepted, but parents can opt out."
2. "We support the widespread availability of the vaccine, but we do oppose the mandatory vaccination for entry to public school," said Linda Klepacki, an analyst for sexual health for the group.