What: All Issues : Family Planning : Availability of Contraceptives : H.R. 1298. Global AIDS Relief/Vote to Require One-Third of AIDS Relief Funding Be Used for Abstinence Programs.
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H.R. 1298. Global AIDS Relief/Vote to Require One-Third of AIDS Relief Funding Be Used for Abstinence Programs.
house Roll Call 157     May 01, 2003
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During committee consideration of the AIDS relief bill, agreement was reached among lawmakers on an effective approach to combat the spread of AIDS. The plan developed in committee-known as the ABC strategy for abstinence, being faithful, and condom use-has proven effective in curbing the spread of AIDS in Uganda. Social conservatives and some religious groups, however, opposed to the distribution of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS; they view condoms as morally-objectionable in all circumstances. In an effort to restrict funding for condom distribution programs to prevent the spread of AIDS, Congressman Pitts (R-PA) proposed an amendment that would have mandated that onethird of the AIDS relief funding be spent on abstinence-until-marriage programs. Progressives opposed the Pitts amendment because condom distribution, which has been proven to be an effective tool against AIDS transmission, should in their view play an integral role in the policy approach adopted by Congress. The Pitts amendment, progressives argued, would tie the hands of those working to prevent the spread of AIDS. The Pitts amendment was adopted on a 220-197 vote.

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