My blog buddy, Christopher, from Trading Faces is on a crusade to save women from cervical cancer. Christopher told me that the Family Foundation of Kentucky is lobbying against a bill in the Kentucky legislature that will add the cervical cancer vaccine girls are required to get while in elementary school. The foundation claims that this FDA-approved vaccine that prevents HPV, a virus that causes almost all cervical cancers, will encourage girls to have sex. The fact is 74% of Americans carry HPV. Regardless of when a woman decides to become sexually active, she is most likely going to get the virus that can lead to cervical cancer. Christopher has set up a new blog called Kentuckians Against Cervical Cancer, and he is collecting stories and photos of Kentucky families touched by cervical cancer. Christopher wants to hear from you, and if your state is proposing similar legislation (California and Michigan are at the moment), he encourages you to support it in any way you can.

Juliette from The Various Ramblings of Juliette told me about a very important petition. This petition is in response to the false imprisonment of 5 Bulgarian nurses and of a Palestinian doctor who have been accused by Libya of transmitting AIDS to children in a Libyan hospital. These individuals have been sentenced to death in the face of overwhelming evidence that the children were infected with the virus due to poor hygienical conditions in the hospital long before these individuals arrived in Libya. Please click here to sign the petition.

National Nurse has told me a little known fact about one of our country’s most famous firefighter, Dennis Smith. Dennis, a member of the 9-11 Commission and the author of Report From Ground Zero, is a huge supporter of nurses and of the National Nurse Act.

Dennis has created a financial and insurance company for law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, and nurses, and he is offering free and important benefits to all first responders. This program allows nurses and other first responders to receive up to 40% off at The Sharper Image, PetCo, Blue Nile, Target, and hundreds of other retail outlets. Click here to find out more about this free benefits program.

Thanks, Dennis. Nurses love good deals!

If you have any announcements, please send me an email and let me know.

Sincerely, your humble public servant, Mother Jones, RN.