November 30th, 2007
09:59 AM ET
7 years ago

Democrats would change abstinence rules in Bush AIDS plan

Clinton spoke about her global strategy to combat AIDS on Thursday in California.

(CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton this week announced a global strategy to combat AIDS and said as president she will strike one of the most controversial provisions of George W. Bush's global AIDS program - a requirement that one-third of disease prevention funds go to abstinence-before-marriage programs.

While the HIV/AIDS plans of Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards express clear opposition to "ideology" in disease prevention funding, Clinton's plan offers the most explicit rejection of the abstinence requirements from a presidential candidate to date.

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, also known as PEPFAR, is a U.S.-funded, five-year, $15 billion plan to combat HIV/AIDS in developing nations. Initiated in 2003 by the Bush administration, the program is set to expire next year.

PEPFAR has been criticized by public health advocates outside the administration for its stipulation, mandated by Congress, that at least one-third of the money spent by the United States on disease prevention abroad should go to abstinence education programs.

Bush administration officials have defended abstinence education as part of a multi-faceted approach to fighting AIDS, a strategy that also includes "being faithful" and using condoms.

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– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Mark, B'ham, Al.

    There are only two candidates who have the integrity to be trusted, one a Naval Acadamy Graduate and the other a Minister, The rest are lawyers who had thier integrity removed in their under graduate schools before they could go to Harvard or Yale Law Schools. I may be pro choice in the first trimester only and life of the mother only, but not one penny of Americanmy taxpayer money should be spent on abortion clinics caliming to fight aids overseas. If you want American money to pay for abortions donate it yourself.

    December 1, 2007 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  2. BCNU purple state, usa

    After reading the vitriol in many comments above that stem from a lack of comprehension of what the article actually said, or a need to offend anyone with a different ideology, it's too bad many of the parents of these posters didn't abstain.

    December 1, 2007 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  3. Walt, Belton, TX

    If anyone is an expert on abstinence, it is definitely Hillary!

    December 1, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. therealist

    Condoms help to prevent AIDS only if they are used properly. There in lays the catch, which also makes condoms statistically as ineffective as abstinence. Ignoring the best method we have to prevent AIDS is a ridiculous idea.

    December 1, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. David, Encinitas, CA

    Hilary's stock just went up as far as I'm concerned. It's been proven that abstinence programs just do not work.

    December 1, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Charles in Salt Lake City, UT

    Not too surprising, I suppose. After all, one would think Hillary would be the first to become a staunch advocate of abstinence AFTER marriage...

    December 1, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. aj huntington ny

    sex (along with religion) should be a subject handled by the parents- not by public schools. since when do teachers decide whether to encourage children to have sex or to encourage them to be abstinent? good parenting removes the need for public schools to get involved

    December 2, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. LQ,, ROCHESTER MN

    All I can say is too bad George and Barbara Bush didn't practice abstinence or at least safe sex after marriage.
    We would have spared that piece of crap GWB

    December 2, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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