From the Guardian. Under pressure from the religious right, the Bush administration has decided to condition foreign aid for AIDS on promotion of abstinence (as if condoms prevent disease, ha!) and denial of support for abortion providers. In the case of Brazil, the money was conditioned on a public condemnation of prostitution that would effectively limit the health services related to AIDS that could go to sex workers and their clients. Brazil said "NO":
Brazil yesterday became the first country to take a public stand against the Bush administration's massive Aids programme which is seen by many as seeking increasingly to press its anti-abortion, pro-abstinence sexual agenda on poorer countries.
Campaigners applauded Brazil's rejection of $40m for its Aids programmes because it refuses to agree to a declaration condemning prostitution.
The government and many Aids organisations believe such a declaration would be a serious barrier to helping sex workers protect themselves and their clients from infection.
Cons, stop trying to shove your religion down everyone's throats when lives are at stake. You're all a bunch of assholes.
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