The mind-boggling stupid thing is this story which says the Newfoundland chapter of the Right To Life Association is against the provincial goverment's plan to start vaccinating Grade 6 girls against HPV, a virus that has been known to cause cancer. Their reasoning? That might give teenagers...
"a licence, a green light to go ahead and be sexually active … leading to a rise in sexually transmitted diseases and promiscuity in general."
Which, to my mind is a little like saying 2+2= car. Yes, it has four wheels, but the answer still doesn't make all that much sense.
It's been a few years since I was a teenager. I recall being stuck with needles when I was in Grade 9 and I don't really recall why. I suspect something similar will happen here. They're going to stick Grade 6 girls with needles, and there will be some crying and freaking out, but most will neither know nor care what the injection does. And it will certainly make no impact on their sexual decisions in the coming years.
I defy the Right to Life group to find me a teenager who will go "Well, now that I've had the HPV shot, I don't need to worry about pregnancy and sexual diseases anymore." Their brains do not work like that.
If you can get them to use birth control and condoms, that's 90% of your battle right there. And given that teen pregnancy rates have come down in recent decades, they must be doing something right at Sexual Health Centre.
Who are also right to say that RTL arguments are .silly.
I've tended to be more pro-choice myself, but I've never thought the debate on when life begins was a bad one to have. But honestly, if RTL groups are going to start making arguments against vaccines that could save lives and get into abstinence debates, then their credibility is going to take an even bigger hit.