Monday, October 21, 2013

Halton Catholic school board will vote on HPV vaccine Nov 5th

BURLINGTON, Ontario, Oct. 21, 2013 ( – The Halton Catholic District School Board will vote Nov. 5th on a motion to allow the public health department into the schools to offer the controversial vaccine for the sexually transmitted infection HPV, rather than leave it to parents to take their children in for the vaccine on their own.

At the school board’s regular meeting on Oct. 15th, they voted to consider a motion rescinding the board’s 2008 ban on using the schools to disseminate the vaccine. That ban had been put in place because of concerns over the drug’s safety and on the belief that it would undermine the Church’s teaching that sex be reserved for marriage.

The board’s decision to revisit the issue has sparked a heated response from Catholic ratepayers, with an online petition garnering over 1,500 signatures to date.

Teresa Pierre, PhD, president of Parents as First Educators, which launched the petition, is calling on the board’s ratepayers to contact their trustees right away and urge them to uphold the ban.  (more...)

From Parents as First Educators:

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