According to the New York Times, some Republicans, in another reality-divorced move on the AIDS issue, are calling for an end to US funding a program run by Population Services International designed to educate sex workers in poor countries on the necessity of condom use. Apparently, Senator Tom Coburn (R, Oklahoma) believes that informing prostitutes about the dangers of HIV and the value of condoms in preventing it is wrong. So Mr. Coburn sent a letter to President Bush demanding that the US stop funding the program, and apparently Bush has agreed with him: PSI has already been informed by USAid that it will be receiving no more funding for that initiative.
Yet again, the degree to which some right-wing lawmakers are divorced from reality is truly astonishing. What would they have us do? Look the other direction? Pretend that you can abolish a profession that\'s been around for thousands of years and thereby solve the problem? Regardless, it\'s patently immoral to further endanger the lives of an already at-risk population by cutting them off from a source of preventive education. Shame on you, Mr. Coburn.
Not all Republicans have proven to be as jaw-droppingly reactionary as Mr. Coburn and the president though. To their credit, Senators Larry Craig, Orrin Hatch and Gordon Smith have requested that USAid reconsider its decision to rescind PSI\'s funding.
· Fri Aug 26, 2005 @ 09:14pm · 2 Comments