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					                                    PRO LIFE NEWS (Mar. 19, 2007)

    St. Malachy Council 12540

Day of the Unborn Child: Sunday, March 25th, all Knights are encouraged to attend
with their families the 2:30 praying of the Rosary. We will pray in honor of all those
children who never had or will have the chance of life outside the womb. Big Cat will
lead us in a short prayer session following the Rosary.

Why All the Furor About HPV?
   HPV-What is it? Human papillomavirus is a group of viruses that includes more
     than 100 different strains. More than 30 of these strains are sexually transmitted
     and can infect the genital area of both men and women.
   How Common is HPV? Approximately 20 million people in the U.S. are
     currently infected with HPV. At least 50 percent of sexually active men and
     women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Most people
     who become infected with HPV will not have any symptoms, will be unaware
     they are infected and will clear the infection on their own.
   What is the Connection Between HPV and Cervical Cancer? Approximately
     10 of the 30 identified genital HPV strains can lead, in rare cases, to development
     of cervical cancer. Only 10,000 cases develop in the U.S. annually. An average
     of 3,700 women die each year. Research has shown that for most women (90
     percent) cervical HPV infection becomes undetectable within two years. Most
     women who develop invasive cervical cancer have not had regular screening.
   How is the Risk of Obtaining HPV Reduced? As with any sexually-transmitted
     disease, the surest way to eliminate risk for genital HPV infection is to refrain
     from any genital contact with another individual. For those who choose to be
     sexually active, a long-term, monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner
     is the strategy most likely to prevent future infections.
   What is Gardasil? Merck & Co. has produced a vaccine, Gardasil, claiming that
     this vaccine will lessen the cases of cervical cancer caused by HPV. Merck has
     used Women in Government, an advocacy group of female legislators around the
     country, to introduce bills to mandate the vaccine in several states. In Texas,
     Governor Rick Perry recently announced that he was ordering the vaccination of
     all girls in public schools beginning with 6th graders. Legislation on forced
     mandates is still being considered in at least 20 other states, including Indiana.
   What isn’t the Culture of Death Telling Us?
          o HPV is contracted through sexual contact and is not contagious.
              Therefore, almost all cases of HPV could be prevented through
              responsible sexual behavior, including fidelity in marriage and abstinence
              outside of marriage as the Church teaches.
         o Gardasil does not actually fully prevent cervical cancer. While Merck
             claims that it will prevent 70% of the types of HPV that cause cervical
             cancer, it only protects against four of the HPV strains.
         o The cost for the vaccine is $360 (which taxpayers would be forced to pay
             for) and Gardasil only lasts five years, so booster shots will be required as
      What is the Pro-Life Position on this Issue?
         o Mandatory vaccines should only be required when outbreaks of easily
             transmitted diseases may threaten a school or community.
         o The mandating of a vaccine such as Gardasil sets a dangerous precedent.
             What’s next, the mandating of condoms?
         o Teach our children abstinence and HPV-caused cervical cancer goes away.

“States should require vaccinations for communicable diseases, like measles and mumps.
  But you can’t catch HPV if an infected schoolmate coughs on you or shares your juice
 box at lunch. Whether or not girls get vaccinated against HPV is a decision for parents
                        and physicians, not state governments.”
                                     U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey (Georgia)

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