Several Christian leaders from groups such as the Florida Catholic Conference and the family-advocacy group the Eagle Forum are reportedly concerned about a Florida bill that would require 11- and 12-year-old girls to be vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases.
They argue that the bill promotes promiscuity.
The bill's proponents, which include Democrat and Republican Florida lawmakers, say the bill could be a lifesaver because the vaccine — called Gardasil — blocks four types of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, which causes genital warts and a large percentage of cervical cancer cases.
What do you think of the bill?
I think it's unrealistic to assert that a bill can promote promiscuity. Whether or not 11- or 12-year-old girls will engage in dangerous sexual activity is not dependent on what politicians dream up in Tallahassee. Conversely, I doubt that this legislation will be a very effective life-saver, either. It may prevent several potentially dangerous diseases, but will have no effect against many others, such as the AIDS virus — and it may even cause more harm than good by providing a false sense of security.