by Jill Stanek
It has't seemed fair that liberal feminist legislators Debbie Halvorson and Naomi Jakobsson are focusing solely on young girls in their attempts to mandate 3 vaccinations (well, maybe 6 or more, since they've only been proven to last 4 years) to stop 4 strains (of over 100) of one sexually transmitted disease, HPV.
So when The New York Post reported Feb. 16 that the City of New York launched a campaign last week to distribute 26 million condoms during rush hour in subway stations, I had an idea.
Why not mandate that every 11-year-old Illinois boy carry a condom in his pocket?
I got this brainstorm because New York City officials offered the very same reasons for widespread condom distribution as Debbie and Naomi for mandated HPV vaccinations, as the article states:
[Mayor Michael] Bloomberg defended the $1.5 million condom program spearheaded by city Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden.... "We believe we're saving lives, and it's important to do that"....
The Health Department had instructed the employees not to offer free condoms to minors [JS: why not?], but The Post on Wednesday observed what appeared to be young teenagers taking handfuls of condoms [JS: whew!].
Frieden said ramped-up condom distribution will boost safe sex, reducing HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies.
New York City leads the nation in HIV cases. In 2005, 1,400 city inhabitants died of AIDS, the third-leading killer for residents under 65, behind only cancer and heart disease.
"It will save lives and actually save money," Frieden said. He added that he believes young people should abstain from sex, but if they don't, they should use condoms.
"Not enough condoms are being used," he said....
The Health Department distributed 18 million free condoms last year through its health clinics and community groups.
It seems to me that mandating condoms in every adolescent boys' pocket would theoretically stop the spread of many more sexually transmitted diseases than an HPV vaccine.
Although I must admit I'm at a loss to explain why the number of AIDS cases in New York continues to rise despite the fact liberals have for years focused on widespread condom teaching and now free(!) distribution. But let not the facts of history dissuade us!