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Obama to Lift Ban on Abstinence-Plus AIDS Prevention

Barack Obama has plans to put US global AIDS policy on a different path, leaving abstinence-only requirements for funding in the dust. The co-chair of his advisory committee for women's health said that the president-elect is committed to "changing the policies so that family-planning services — both in the US and the developing world — reflect what works, what helps prevent unintended pregnancy, reduce maternal and infant mortality, prevent the spread of disease."

Conversely, on the first day of his presidency, George W. Bush reinstated the "Mexico City Policy," which denies US funding to international groups that perform abortions, provide counseling or referral for abortions, or lobby to make abortion available. The gag order applies to those who use non-US funding to support abortions, too. As a result, many organizations in Africa lost funding, thus, losing means to provide contraception to prevent pregnancy and the transfer of HIV.

Barack Obama's step away from abstinence-only programs and toward a more inclusive approach still keeps US policy a far cry away from teaching sex-ed to kindergartners. Do you think lifting the gag order is the best way to stop the global spread of HIV/AIDS?


bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
sorry it is called the wisdom(with s i think) of the whores. I think you will love it citizensugar
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
By the way if anyone is interested here is a great book "a wisdom of whore" I went to see her talk in London and i was left very impress. I think she's nailed the whole thing and she's very funny and humble.
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
YEP prevention is the key Obama is a wise man
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
I went to hear someone who worked at the world bank talked on this recently only last week! Nowadays in many countries around the world there is problem people have HIV but they don't have AIDS. Drugs are so good now that Aids is kept at bay. People with HIV infects others because they are not frightened of AIDS anymore and people become careless and have sex without protection because the image of people dying of Aids is a thing of the past now. HIV is the new problem not Aids and talking about sex is the way to go.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I think this is FANTASTIC!
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I don't see how any one thing could be attributed to the decrease in incidence of AIDS globally. Many things have been at work for many years to combat this problem that to credit one recent program for the success is naive. " I do support not giving government funding to agencies that provide abortions. I personally do not want my tax dollars going to that." I don't want my tax dollars going to an endless war in Iraq and a bailout of irresponsible corporations, but we can't pick and choose. And most agencies that provide abortions also provide services that help prevent abortions such as free birth control and counseling.
em113 em113 8 years
As someone who has spent a lot of time in recent years advocating for changes to PEPFAR (including this one) I'm thrilled. While Bush was not the worst president in terms of AIDS he work was far from good and what's necessary (that is a fact you can check with pretty much any legitimate aids advocacy group) PEPFAR was littered with policies that hindered its effectiveness including the abstinence stipulation.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
Why wouldn't we want to give people in Africa and other countries the medicine they need, the contraceptives they need, and the information they need? Oh, maybe b/c our government doesn't even want its own citizens to have it.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
GS she was talking about mothers and fathers dying from AIDS and their older children having to parent the younger children.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"maybe children won't be forced to become parents to their brothers and sisters anymore." :?
saucymegstar saucymegstar 8 years
Sorry about the lack of citation. For more information on the international initiative to combat AIDS see this site: It is an initiative to treat existing AIDS cases and to work on prevention especially in high-risk areas such as Africa. I am in no way against programs that educate about birth control. I just want men and women BOTH to respect themselves enough to make wise choices. Letting women know that they can say no to sex and that they can in that way prevent a good number of the diseases and unwanted pregnancies. Men as well, but the emphasis has to be a bit different. And promoting fidelity as a virtue. I know, I know it's pie-in-the-sky optimism-- people cheat. That doesn't mean we cannot teach to the ideals. I do support not giving government funding to agencies that provide abortions. I personally do not want my tax dollars going to that. An unfortunate consequence of that does seem to be that agencies that provide other types of support as well lost funding. I'm sure there can be ways around that-- restructuring maybe? Have a different agency for the education and prevention than the medical clinic?
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I was furious with the ban in the first place. I say lift it baby, lift it!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
WOW -- this is a no brainer -- absolutely get rid of that ban.
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
YAY!!! So happy with my Nov 4th decision! This is definitely moving in the right direction... Sorry Saucy, I don't buy it until you can find a source about that supposed statistic. Couldn't it just be that infection levels are so high they really can't get any worse, and therefore have leveled off? Or that other countries outside of the US are actually helping in the effort now to? What if there's another country pouring aid into education about prevention at the same time we're teaching abstinence, that would probably skew the statistic too... True Song - World Sex Police... Hee hee..
jnj213 jnj213 8 years
Overall the best thing to do is to educate people about sexuality and the risks. Don't just tell people not to do something. I think it is important for all people to know what their options are and the risks are when engaging in sex. I am so anti-abstinence ONLY education it's ridiculous. I think all the options need to be out there, not just to abstain from sexual encounters.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Thank God someone has sense. In AIDS prevention, the emphasis should be on saving lives and stopping the spread of disease, not on ideological battles!!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yes. The more knowledge people have, the better equipped they are to protect themselves against this very preventable disease.
juju4 juju4 8 years
Zeze - I appreciate your point of view! It is awesome that you can have strong personal convictions but don't feel that they need to be enforced on others.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Oh, thank you United States for giving more humanitarian aid than any other country in the world.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
"Ummm... didn't saucy pretty much state that the rate of infection in Africa is going down due to those programs? I'd say that's a pretty direct cause and effect, but I - admittedly - don't know much about the issue." Where is the source please? And I would think there isn't a direct cause and effect, there are a lot of programs going on right now that could take credit for a supposedly decrease in AIDS infections. People pick apart massive amounts of scientific data about the link between human actions and global warming and can see no 'direct cause and effect' but let's just assume that abstinence only education has the direct effect for supposedly reducing AIDS infections. Some consistency in reasoning would be nice.
bleached bleached 8 years
Thank God. Preaching abstinence instead of safe sex was one of the stupidest ideas ever
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Thank goodness. Finally. There is nothing wrong with teaching/discussing abstinence, but it should not be all that is taught.
kranky kranky 8 years
"it's incredibly naive to think abstinence-only education would do anything to help the AIDS epidemic, especially on the African continent..." Ummm... didn't saucy pretty much state that the rate of infection in Africa is going down due to those programs? I'd say that's a pretty direct cause and effect, but I - admittedly - don't know much about the issue.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Reading about what Obama wants to change reminds me of how ridiculous Bush's policies have been. It's like it's been so long, I've forgotten how mad I should be about a President who thinks it's okay for him to be the World Sex Police.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
definitely! go obama! woot!
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