Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) of "DC Madame" fame, plans to amend the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to reinsert the 33 percent abstinence-only earmark.As I wrote before, this kind of legislation is disastrous and often ineffective at preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS. Furthermore, the fact that Vitter is putting women's lives at risk by preaching them to "be faithful" when he himself is suspected of not doing so (in an illegal paying-for-sex way, no less) is infuriating.
Sen. Vitter, not exactly a model for abstinence, or being faithful, has the audacity to put his hypocritical ideology ahead of evidence-based public health strategies that tell us abstinence-only should be removed from PEPFAR. He puts ideology ahead of his own reality in the ultimate paternalistic perversion of "do as I say, not as I do."
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Putting Abstinence-Only Education Back in PEPFAR
Sadly, the hope that the abstinence-only funding restriction in PEPFAR has been dashed. This from RH Reality Check: