Friday, July 06, 2007

Even Laura Bush thinks "abstinence-only" requirement for AIDS relief is crazy...

From Think Progress (an absolutely superb site for political news, btw):

In 2003, Congress passed the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which provides HIV/AIDS drugs and funding to 15 countries plagued by the virus. However, President Bush and the conservative-controlled Congress tacked a restrictive provision to PEPFAR requiring that one-third of prevention funding go to promoting abstinence education.

Last month, the House rejected the policy, passing legislation that would allow Bush and future presidents to waive the abstinence-only provision. In response, Bush threatened a veto, claiming “he would veto any legislation that weakens current policy and laws on abortion.”

In an interview with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux this week, First Lady Laura Bush disagreed with her husband’s right-wing agenda, stating that she believes condoms are “absolutely essential” and supports waiving the abstinence-only provision.
You can watch the video at the link above.

1 comment:

Xanthippas said...

Wow. And she must really disagree to come out and say something like that. I'm sure she's expressed her disagreement privately, but saying something in an CNN interview is her way of really getting the message across to her husband, about something she obviously feels strongly about.

Anyway, she's right. Good for her.