TITLE

A LUTHERAN DEFENSE OF THE HPV VACCINE

AUTHOR(S)
SWANSON, THOR
PUB. DATE
February 2014
SOURCE
Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics;Spring2014, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p35
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Over the course of the last 7 years there has been considerable debate in the media, the public, and especially in the Conservative Protestant and Catholic communities over the appropriateness of the fairly new Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. For instance, this author attended a Christian bioethics meeting in 2009 at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago where a paper was presented against not only the mandatory use of the HPV vaccine, but any use of it at all.1 Two years later, the value and ethical appropriateness of the vaccine resurfaced in a televised Republican presidential debate in Iowa on September 7th, 2011 in a heated interchange between presidential candidates Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Governor Rick Perry.2 And finally, in October 2011, this author walked in on a discussion at a local food establishment between his wife and two of her middle aged female friends about the HPV vaccine. The conversation started because one of these friends told his wife and the other friend that she and her husband could not agree about whether to give the HPV vaccine to their pre-teen daughter or not. The mother, a college-educated women's studies major from Duke University, strongly supported giving her daughter the vaccine, but her politically and religiously conservative Lutheran husband was opposed.3 Both official and unofficial debates over the HPV vaccine have occurred in the last 7 years in schools, physician offices, churches, and homes across the country. As a response to these ongoing national debates, this paper proposes support for the HPV vaccine in the United States based on a Lutheran bioethical analysis.
ACCESSION #
94256297

 

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