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American Life League: Clinton Administration Proposes Bogus


WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Clinton Administration is pushing for increased distribution of condoms as the ultimate solution to the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa," said Mark DeYoung of American Life League, "yet we have no reason to believe that increased access to condoms will decrease the spread of AIDS. In fact, if we look at the effectiveness of condom distribution programs in the developed world, we see exactly the opposite."

DeYoung quoted a 1997 report from International Planned Parenthood Federation, which indicates the risk of contracting AIDS during so-called protected sex approaches one hundred percent as the number of episodes of sexual intercourse increases. According to IPPF the "protection" offered by condoms is not protection at all.

According to an April 30 front page story in the Washington Post, the Clinton Administration is declaring AIDS a threat to national security that could "topple foreign governments, touch off ethnic wars and undo decades of work in building free-market democracies abroad." The administration suggests an increase in international funding to combat AIDS, reflected in its request for a $254 million budget increase for 2001, as well as the amendment of the Foreign Assistance Act, which requires aid funded by taxpayers to come from American suppliers. They would like an exception to this act allowing for the purchase of condoms and AIDS test kits that can be manufactured more cheaply overseas.

"If we ever hope to curb the shocking spread of the AIDS virus in sub- Saharan Africa, we must address the heart of the problem which is promiscuous sexual lifestyles," said DeYoung. "The promotion of abstinence must be instituted at all levels of society, and the African people must be made aware that condoms do not provide protection against the AIDS virus."

Judie Brown is president of American Life League, the nation's largest pro-life educational organization with more than 367,000 supporting families.

SOURCE American Life League

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