HPV Vaccine Banned for Canadian Catholic School Girls

Leslie Carol Botha: Actually, there is enough proof out there to show that the HPV vaccine does not lead to promiscuity.  I kind of think something else is afoot here.  There have been reports about problems with the HPV vaccines when they were first introduced to the market. Interesting to note that reports of abnormal pap smears, cervical dysplasia, and cervical cancer are being reported in an age group of girls that should not be experiencing these pathologies. Abnormal Pap Smears: 490 (greatest number of incident reports age 14 to 26), Cervical Dysplasia: 195 (greatest number of incident reports age 14 to 26), Cervical Cancer: 56 (greatest number of incident reports age 16 to 26).

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Canada Bishops Ban HPV Vaccine For Catholic School Girls

An advocacy group is fighting a ban on HPV vaccinations for girls in Calgary’s Catholic school system set out by Bishop Frederick Henry and other bishops who believe the vaccine promotes promiscuity.

Time Magazine
By Megan Gibson
June 28, 2012

Every year, millions of Canadian children are given vaccinations at school to help combat any number of conditions. But the female students in Calgary’s Catholic school system will be receiving one less shot than their public school counterparts. In 2008, a group of bishops led by Bishop Frederick Henry deemed that providing the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination — which guards girls against the four strands of HPV most associated with cervical cancer — to fifth and ninth-grade girls could be viewed as a compromise of Catholic teaching. Why? Because HPV is a sexually transmitted virus.

The National Post reports that when children in Calgary’s Catholic schools were sent home with vaccination information from Alberta Health Services they were given an additional letter. Penned by Henry and five other bishops, the letter instructed parents that “Although school-based immunization delivery systems generally result in high numbers of students completing immunization, a school-based approach to vaccination sends a message that early sexual intercourse is allowed.”

If you find the decision absurd, you’re not alone. This week, a group of parents, physicians and researchers have gone public with their fight to have the Catholic School District overturn the ban and allow the school vaccinations to stand. The group, known as HPV Calgary, has started a campaign to pressure school trustees to address the situation by June 30.

The group argues that there is no evidence that vaccinations lead to higher rates of promiscuity. And while parents of girls in Catholic schools would still be able to have their daughters vaccinated away from school, the group argues that the ban would ensure that many girls wouldn’t get the chance.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.