US ends funds for African Aids programme

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at gmx.net
Thu Aug 28 04:12:28 MDT 2003


US ends funds for African Aids programme

Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Thursday August 28, 2003
The Guardian

The US government has cut off funds to an Aids programme for refugees in
Africa - six weeks after President George Bush toured the continent
promising to fight the disease - because it objects to the activities of one
of the aid agencies involved, Marie Stopes International.
A state department official said yesterday that US law prohibited the
funding of organisations that support China's repressive population policy -
a definition sufficiently elastic to include Marie Stopes, which runs family
planning programmes there.

However, organisations that work on reproductive health and Aids argue that
the decision betrays the Bush administration's wider hostility to abortion.
Its commitment to a rightwing Christian agenda has led it to promote
abstinence as a strategy against HIV-Aids in preference to condoms, they
say.

Full:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1030487,00.html





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