As if you needed any more proof that certain members of the Indiana General Assembly are truly anti-sex, seven of our favorite Representatives today offered no less than twelve inane amendments to Senate Bill 327.
Senate Bill 327, if you haven't been paying attention, started out as a mandate for 6th grade girls to get the brand-new HPV vaccine in order to prevent cervical cancer, and has been watered down at every step until now it's barely a requirement for schools to distribute ISDH information about the vaccine to parents.
But today takes the cake. Twelve amendments proposed on a bill that should be a slam-dunk. You'd think that cancer prevention would be a total no-brainer, but then you're forgetting how many no-brains we seem to have around here.
The problem? Apparently, giving 6th grade girls a vaccine for an STD--even one that causes cancer--will make them promiscuous. You know, the same way umbrellas cause rain and same-sex marriage drives straight men into the arms of drug-dealing gay prostitutes.
The other argument against SB 327 is that it takes away a parent's right to control medical decisions for their daughters. A) ridiculous argument because all vaccine requirements have an opt-out; B) what kind of parent is gonna keep a cancer prevention tool away from their kids? What kind of family values is that?