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School maturation shouldn’t discuss Gardasil
Nov 15, 2012 | 633 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Editor:

Last month the Davis County School Board voted to approve a new ‘opt-in’ maturation program for 11-year-olds that includes recommending to them, not their parents, a vaccination of Gardasil to prevent four strains of the sexually transmitted disease HPV. Gardasil, made by Merck, makes no claims to protect against any of the other 25-plus STDs and their many mutations, such as AIDS/HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, venereal disease, etc., etc. (It is informative to realize that when ‘Safe Sex’ began to be taught there were only two STDs.)

Nor does it protect against pregnancy; or against depression and suicide, which is the third-leading cause of death among teens, and which research has shown to have a cause-effect relationship with teen sex. Apparently these ‘side effects’ are no big deal, even though some are incurable, and some are deadly. 

Consider that this program gives tacit approval from the school to have casual/recreational sex С “we are expecting you to do it, therefore we are preparing you to do it in the blind hope, and against all odds, that you will come out unscathed.”

Consider that the federal government reports a “silent epidemic” of sexually transmitted diseases С silent because 85 percent of the time there are no obvious symptoms С and that there is, therefore, no such thing as “safe sex” outside of the bonds of marriage.

Consider that almost half of our population is being born out of wedlock, most of those born into poverty and disadvantage, because of the lure of more than 180 welfare programs, and because of the lowering of societal sexual standards.

Consider that “safe sex” is outside the scope of a maturation program for 11-year-olds! This kind of mis-”information” shouldn’t even be given to adults, much less to children.

Consider that there may be no place for a few severely disadvantaged children to go for accurate information other than the school. Can’t we expect that they should be able to get help staying out of the pitfalls that have been prepared for them by our current mixed-up society, instead of being assisted/pushed into it by the schools? Apparently not. 

And now, consider that the federal government in January of this year released National Sexuality Education Standards, Core Content and Skills K-12. If and when those officially become part of Common Core, neither the parents, the teachers, schools, school boards, legislature or governor will be able to say, “no, this does not reflect the values of our families or our state.”

We are placing our future in a very precarious position.

-Deborah Henrie

Bountiful, Utah

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