Despite his apparent random and brief moments of lucidity, I cant say Im a ‘big fan’ of Oklahoma senator and physician Tom Coburn (click here to read his completely insane ‘analysis’ of HIV/AIDS). He says hes ‘PRO-LIFE’ yet he held up funds for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in Africa because some of the organizations that would receive this funding offer family planning services which include abortion services.
Killing ‘babies’ while they are unfeeling, unthinking barely multicellular organisms: BAD!
Killing very real, very thinking, very feeling babies via long, painful deaths via AIDS: PRO-LIFE!!
But Coburn isnt just PRO-LIFE!
He is also PRO-WOMAN!
See, there was an ‘anti-prostitution’ pledge required for any clinic in the US or world-wide accepting US anti-HIV/AIDS money. This means if you are a clinic in Africa, you cannot discuss prostitution with your patients. You can say “DONT BE A PROSTITUTE!” You can say “DONT VISIT PROSTITUTES!” You cannot say “Are you a prostitute? Lets talk about how you can protect yourself and your clients.” You cannot say “Do you visit prostitutes? Lets talk about how you can protect yourself and the prostitutes.”
If you try to discuss HIV/AIDS and prostitution, Coburn asserts this means you completely support sex-slave-trade and all the ‘bad sides’ of prostitution, and it means you also are part of the HIV/AIDS problem:
In addition to exploiting women and children, Thailand’s approach to prostitution as a legitimate form of commerce has encouraged the practice and contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
… Clearly, addressing prostitution is an important topic for HIV prevention, but condoning or encouraging acceptance of the practice, as will be done at this conference, will not prevent HIV or protect the health of women or girls.
Not that Coburn think condoms work anyway Why even talk about them?:
Also worth noting, Thailand’s “100% Condom Use” policy, which has often been hailed as an example of an HIV prevention success story, has not lived up to its hype under closer scrutiny.
Coburn wrote that PSI’s funding is up for renewal, and PSI has applied for tens of millions more to continue the project, adding, “There is something seriously askew at USAID when the agency’s response to a dehumanising and abusive practice that exploits women and young girls is parties and games.”
PIS is a group that goes to bars and clubs and educates the public about HIV/AIDS and prostitution, giving out free condoms to everyone, including prostitutes and Johns. But to Coburn, thats ‘dehumanising and abusive practice that exploits women and young girls is parties and games’.
Coburn does this all the time when it comes to HIV/AIDS. He wraps himself in PRO-WOMAN language while behaving in a manner that absolutely has a negative impact on men, women, and children. He is using ‘PRO-WOMAN’ as a shield for his own personal cause, in this case, his Southern Baptist religion and political motives, which no one with a semi-functional brain would characterize as ‘pro-woman’. He then uses this ‘pseudo-pro-woman’ language to paint his political and medical opponents as ‘ANTI-WOMEN’, when that couldnt be further from the truth.
“The government may not place a condition on the receipt of a benefit or subsidy that infringes upon the recipient’s constitutionally protected rights,” the ruling said.
Examining the facts in light of a series of U.S. Supreme Court and Second Circuit cases, Judge Parker said that, here, “silence, or neutrality, is not an option for the plaintiffs.”
“In order to avoid losing Leadership Act funding, they must declare their opposition to prostitution,” he said. “The policy requirement is also viewpoint-based, because it requires recipients to take the government’s side on a particular issue. It is well established that viewpoint-based intrusions on free speech offend the First Amendment.”
While the latter point did not mean an automatic violation of the First Amendment for purposes of the court’s decision, the judge said context was important.
The “targeted speech, concerning prostitution in the context of the international HIV/AIDS prevention effort, is subject to international debate,” Judge Parker said. “The right to communicate freely on such matters of public concern lies at the heart of the First Amendment.”
Its really too bad the US court system is filled with misogynists and pedophiles who own sex-slaves, amirite?? Who knew the desire to completely dehumanize woman and young girls was so wide-spread?? Get those privileged rich old white heterosexual men off the bench and let rich old heterosexual white men who ‘get it’ legislate how to deal with HIV/AIDS.
Ms. Diller called the majority’s ruling “excellent” and “important from a public health and HIV prevention perspective.”
She added, “It means the plaintiffs that really provide the bulk of the humanitarian work can continue providing services in a most effective way. It’s important for ensuring that those who receive government funds can speak freely for themselves.”
Pfff. Gender traitor.