Like “Plastic or Paper?” but for Your Vagina
I’m watching the video of the HPV vaccine mandate panel discussion from the other night, and Texas Representative Jessica Farrar, who worked to get the HPV vaccine included in school requirements, is talking about a conversation with another Rep who sponsored legislation banning such a mandate. Says Farrar:
“Rep. Dennis Bonnen said, ‘Well, the answer to this is that women should just get more pap smears.’ My response to this was that, well, first I asked him if he preferred plastic or metal, but he had no idea what I was talking about.”
Heh. Of course, she goes on to explain that vaccines are for prevention, while pap smears are for screening/detection (and access to healthcare is obviously an issue there), but it’s a funny moment in the discussion. More on the panel later. Also, I wished I’d been able to go and had made the connection earlier that panelist Linda MacDonald Glenn is the same Linda from the Women’s Bioethics Blog. Women’s health wonks and bloggers, if you’re ever in Nashville, look me up.