By Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
Fearing political backlash, most states have avoided mandating this vaccine, but California recently passed a law allowing 12-year-olds to receive Gardasil without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
“The statistics on HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases are alarming,” stated Jane M. Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. “But vaccinating children does not begin to protect them against the dangers of promiscuity.”
AIDS, infertility, abortions with their emotional and physical consequences, family breakdown, infection of babies with syphilis or herpes, and the psychological havoc caused by the “hook-up” culture are not vaccine-preventable.
“If we had a 90 percent effective filter on cigarettes, plus a vaccine that we thought prevented some types of tobacco-induced cancer, would we feature that vaccine on a ‘healthy living’ program?” Dr. Orient asked. “Or would we stop advising smokers of tobacco dangers as we’re now supposed to do on every visit?”
“If we knew a swimming pool was heavily contaminated, would we buy our children wet suits in case they decided to go swimming anyway?” asked AAPS president Alieta Eck, M.D., an internist.
AAPS opposes vaccine mandates, stating that patients, or the parents of minor children, should make an informed, voluntary decision about vaccines, as well as other medical treatments. Physicians should advise patients about the risks and benefits of treatments, based on the individual patient’s circumstances.
AAPS, a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, (www.aapsonline.org) was founded in 1943 to defend the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship.