Over the last few years conservative groups in President Bush’s support base have declared war on condoms, in a campaign that is downright weird ? but that, if successful, could lead to millions of deaths from AIDS around the world.
“The only absolutely guaranteed, permanent contraception is castration,” one Catholic site suggests helpfully.
Then there are the radio spots in Texas: “Condoms will not protect people from many sexually transmitted diseases.”
A report by Human Rights Watch quotes a Texas school official as saying: “We don’t discuss condom use, except to say that condoms don’t work.”
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