By Evan Derkacz
Posted on October 7, 2005
From the title and teaser you're probably not expecting good news.
Here it is anyway: late stage trials of a vaccine to prevent women from developing virus-related cervical cancer -- a cancer that kills 300,000 women each year -- have been completely successful.
But, Jessica Valenti writes: "who knows if the vaccine will ever actually get to women. The Christian right is doing their best to block the vaccine. Cause it will make you slutty. No, seriously."
She excerpts a Katha Pollitt article explaining that the fact that HPV (one of the cervical cancer-causing viruses the vaccine prevents) is one of the main bogeymen in the Christian conservative scare-kit, they fear that eradication of another dire consequence will cause further sluttiness.
Now how, exactly, is this mindset politically linked with the personal responsibility fanatics? (Feministing)