Wednesday, April 04, 2007

This Is Just Stupid

Shackles on the AIDS Program - New York Times:
Programs to prevent the spread of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, are perhaps the most important tool in that long-term fight. Yet Congress specified that only 20 percent of the money could be spent on prevention, and one-third of that had to be used to promote abstinence until marriage. More money has been spent in that area than on other prevention activities, including distribution of condoms and blocking mother-to-child transmission.

Another restriction that existed even before the creation of Pepfar forbids the use of taxpayer money to give clean needles to injecting addicts, while a third requires that all antiretroviral medications be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, even those already approved by the World Health Organization.
Ten guesses which side of the aisle these hairbrained restrictions came from, and your first two don't count.
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