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Recent battles in the "condom wars"

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Quotations:

bullet "Condoms kill." Statement on a poster by pro-lifers demonstrating in front of a Red Cross office in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Overview:

For decades, skirmishes have occurred in many North American public schools over the content of sex education classes. A focal point of conflict has been whether students should be taught:

bullet Either:

A comprehensive course that includes:
bullet Abstinence, for those who wish to remain celibate and

bullet Pregnancy prevention, and the prevention of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STD. STI), for those who wish to become sexually active.

bullet Or:
bullet Abstinence alone.

Conflicts over condoms seem to have surfaced early in the 21st century. Many pro-life and evangelical Christian groups actively campaigned and demonstrated both against the distribution of condoms, and dissemination of information about STD prevention to young people. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, public health offices, other health organizations, and even the U.S. Secretary of State weighed in on the other side.

Meanwhile, since the early 1980s, the rise in HIV infection and AIDS in Africa and Asia has prompted major investment in HIV/AIDS reduction programs there, largely by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) some of which were faith-based organizations (FBO). The same comprehensive vs. abstinence battle has ocurred there as well.

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Copyright © 2002 to 2010 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2002-FEB-21
Latest update: 2010-NOV-25
Author: B.A. Robinson
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