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Major Press Conference held June 25, 2012

Physicians, Bioethicists and Parents spoke out to the media at a press conference.
It received extensive coverage, and some of the links are provided below.

A Media Record of Our Public Appeal to School Trustees

"A group of Calgary health experts and parents is urging the Calgary Catholic School District to allow HPV immunizations at its schools, trumping the long-standing directive of the board's spiritual leader banning the vaccination."
Calgary Herald, June 25, 2012

"We see everything through the lens of spirituality and though our faith and that does have an element of promoting chastity, reserving sexual activity for marriage." Calgary Catholic School Board Chair, Mary Martin
CBC News, June 25, 2012

"The Bishop claims that this vaccine induces promiscuity. If the Bishop has evidence, then I believe that evidence should be available for us to look at. We have asked politely, respectfully for this evidence. We haven't got it." Dr. Ian Mitchell, paediatrician and bioethicist
Calgary Herald, June 25, 2012

"Bishop Henry admits there is no evidence that children who are vaccinated against HPV behave differently sexually that those who are not."
National Catholic Register, July 17, 2012

"The bishop said even if future data shows a rise in cervical cancer rates among the district's ex-students, he wouldn't alter his stance. "What is our teaching on sexuality? If people choose to walk away from that life there are consequences and they have to acknowledge that - it's not my job."
The Calgary Sun, June 27, 2012

"The moral duty of elected school officials is to assist public health authorities to help prevent cancer."
Calgary Herald Opinion Article, June 28, 2012

Bishop Fred Henry said HPV Calgary, an ad hoc group of physicians, bio-ethicists and Calgarians affected by cervical cancer, is attempting to trounce religious freedoms and parental rights by challenging the Catholic school board's decision.
Calgary Herald, June 27, 2012

"If we don't attempt to change sexual behaviour that is responsible for transmission of the HPV, but attempt to solve the problem by getting a series of shots, then we don't have to exercise self-control, nor develop virtue, but can use medicine to palliate our vices." Bishop Fred Henry
Calgary Herald, Opinion, June 27, 2012

"If you find the decision absurd, you're not alone."
Time Magazine, June 28, 2012

"Catholic schools receive billions of dollars a year in provincial funding. They have no right to ignore the economic implications of their policies."
The Globe and Mail, Opinion, June 28, 2012

"If you don't like it, lump it. Calgary Catholic Bishop Fred Henry really doesn't care what people think."
The Calgary Sun, June 27, 2012

"To deliberately condemn women to dying of cancer is medieval and abhorrent."
Calgary Herald Editorial, June 28, 2012

"Calgary is the only major city in Canada with a publicly funded school board that withholds the vaccine on religious grounds, the group says."
The National Post, June 26, 2012

"Mary Martin, chair of the Calgary Catholic board, says "nothing is on the horizon to change our mind."
The Calgary Sun, June 27, 2012

"The Catholic Trustees have a real opportunity to affect children - how long they will live and how well they will live in adult life and how they will manage to avoid one of the major killers of adults." Dr. Ian Mitchell
Calgary Herald, June 25, 2012