If you could save 3,700 hundred women's lives per year and at the same time prevent over 10,000 women per year from contracting cancer, and the only thing stopping you was a closely held religious belief, would you save them despite your belief? Republicans say no.
The vaccine protects women against strains of a ubiquitous germ called the human papilloma virus. [Which is the] primary cause of this [cervical] cancer in the United States. Cervical cancer strikes more than 10,000 U.S. women each year, killing more than 3,700. [...]If saving 3,700 lives results in the sabotage of your abstinence message, maybe you need a new message. Honestly. Aren't you tired of sermons which force people to play Russian roulette? Aren't you're tired of being preached at instead of listened to? Aren't you sick of their game of eternity when it uses your life and death as a pawn? I am.
[R]esearch indicates the best age to vaccinate would be just before puberty to make sure children are protected before they become sexually active. The vaccine would probably be targeted primarily at girls but could also be used on boys to limit the spread of the virus. [...]
Conservative groups say they welcome the vaccine as an important public health tool but oppose making it mandatory. [...]
"I've talked to some [conservative groups] who have said, 'This is going to sabotage our abstinence message,' " said Gene Rudd, associate executive director of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.