The current debate over the proposal to require all middle school girls in Kentucky to receive the new HPV vaccination raises several interesting issues.
Many opponents claim it intrudes upon a family's right to make its own decisions in medical matters. But I wonder if those same people also object to the many other vaccinations that are required for our students?
Others think it'll send the message it's OK to have pre-marital sex. But do these same people believe having car insurance sends the message it's OK to go out and drive like maniacs?
We don't know - nor can we accurately predict - which kids, or how many, will engage in risky sexual behavior. But I know the answer isn't "none." Not even close.
And since sex does eventually become an acceptable and important part of life for everyone at some point, isn't it beneficial to everyone to do what we can to eradicate sexually transmitted diseases that last a lifetime?
State law will still allow parents to decline the vaccination for religious or other reasons, so those who'd prefer to pass will be free to do so. But they shouldn't get to deny the rest of us this major new weapon in the fight against cancer.
For once, Kentucky needs to be a pioneer in progressive thinking rather than a reluctant follower.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.