Gov. Rick Perry is still drawing a barrage of criticism for signing on executive order almost two weeks ago forcing Texan parents to vaccinate their adolescent daughters against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus.
Perry rationalized, according to the Houston Chronicle, “If the medical community developed a vaccine for lung cancer, would the same critics oppose it, claiming it would encourage smoking?”
I have considered that analogy myself. It is perfect. Lung cancer is predominantly caused by a destructive behavior, cigarette smoking, which also causes a myriad of other health problems.
So to answer Perry’s question, everyone would welcome a lung cancer vaccine, but wouldn’t turn around and say, “Great, let’s all smoke!” Because we know smoking causes other cancers like laryngeal, esophageal, stomach and pancreatic as well as health problems like heart disease and infertility.
Furthermore, this behavior endangers the health of other people who come in contact with the smoker, like babies born with low birth weight.
Interestingly, the most ardent critics of smoking are lawmakers, who have increasingly sought to discourage this destructive behavior by making it more difficult.
HPV is also the consequence of a destructive behavior, sex outside of marriage…..
Continue reading my WorldNetDaily.com column today, “The link between HPV and smoking.”