Catholic Ethicist Says No Need for HPV Vaccination Program in Catholic Schools

TORONTO, October 22, 2013

            As Halton Catholic District School Board prepares to vote on allowing public health the ability to include the HPV vaccine among shots offered on Nov. 5, Dr. Moira McQueen, executive director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, has registered her opposition to schools offering the vaccine.  She states that the vaccine isn't justified from a public health perspective on the basis of any epidemic of HPV.

            Most importantly, she thinks that parental choice should be informed about the issue.  She says public health is treating the situation as "straightforward," but she believes it is morally complicated.  Making the shot routinely available won't encourage parents to examine the issue as critically as they should:  “I think in these days of informed consent public health authorities should be more aware that parents should be treated like adults who can and should make their own decisions, and not simply be expected to fill in yet another form from a school board or health authority, almost as a matter of routine"

Her full remarks in "Halton Catholic school board will vote on HPV vaccine Nov 5th," LifeSiteNews.com were:

“If parents want their children to receive the HPV vaccine, they can take it upon themselves to do so,” she told LifeSiteNews earlier this month. “School boards do not NEED to be involved and there is no urgent need, such as a public health threat like a flu epidemic, for health authorities to use school premises.” 

“I think in these days of informed consent public health authorities should be more aware that parents should be treated like adults who can and should make their own decisions, and not simply be expected to fill in yet another form from a school board or health authority, almost as a matter of routine,” she continued. “This is a complex moral issue, and many parents are hesitating, not just Catholics. That shows it is not nearly as straightforward as public health officials would like it to be.”

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