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.
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