Mallon's Media Watch

Mallon's Media Watch

Friday, November 22, 2002
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From the Population Research Institute:

Dear Colleague:

The world richest contradiction made headlines this week by appearing in
India alongside a giant hot-air condom. Gates was scoring business points
by giving away a $100 million on condoms programs. But perhaps his wife
and growing family (the Gateses now have three small children), along with
the evidence presented below, will convince him that handing out condoms
to kids is not a good idea.

Steven Mosher
President

PRI Weekly Briefing
22 November 2002
Vol. 4/ No. 29


Condom Kingdom Deflated by Failure (Are You Listening, Bill?)

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was welcomed to the Indian city of Hyderabad
last week by a giant air-filled condom. The 8-foot monstrosity brought a
smile to the face of the world‚s richest man, who was there to announce a
$100 million AIDS program to be financed by his foundation.(1)

Hyderabad, of course, is the site of Microsoft‚s first software
development center outside the United States. Gates‚s glee may have been
prompted by the thought of all the goodwill that his generosity would buy
among the Indian people. By blanketing the country with condoms, he would
single-handedly stop the spread of HIV.

Perhaps Gates is unaware of what a failure condom-pushing programs have
been in the past:

· The Center for Disease Control has reluctantly, but accurately,
questioned the effectiveness of condoms in protecting against sexually
transmitted diseases, noting that the failure rate for condoms can be as
high as 15%.(2)

· The highly-regarded international peer-reviewed medical journal, The
Lancet, in 2000 published an article in which the authors argued that the
massive distribution of condoms in conjunction with a "safe sex" message
may actually help spread the HIV virus.(3)

· The pro-abortion Allan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) notes a condom failure
rate as high as 17.6%.(4)

· The condom failure rate in the West is so high that over 65% of
approximately 3,000 condom users surveyed discontinued use after 24
months.(5)

· A new UN report suggests that monogamy, not condoms, is the answer to
the AIDS epidemic.(6)

· Even Gates‚s own foundation has effectively dissed condoms. On the
limited utility of AIDS prevention methods among African women, the Gates
Foundation states that "if it diminishes sexual pleasure, it is unlikely
to be used reliably."(7)

Condoms have other drawbacks as well. They can lead to increased rates of
abortion as a back-up method of so-called family planning. They can cause
cervical cancer.(8) And, as was recently documented in Tanzania,
substandard condoms˜which can contribute directly to the spread of
disease˜are a problem.(9)

The Gates Foundation‚s AIDS project in India claims to fulfill, among
others, the unmet need for AIDS prevention among prostitutes and their
clients, "truck drivers, migrant laborers, [and] construction workers" who
are "a key group to reach" for AIDS prevention.(10) But why encourage
these high risk groups, which are already riddled with the disease, to
play Russian roulette with their lives? A one-in-six failure rate after
two years means that many will sooner or later contract the disease,
condoms or no. And what about the rights of women who are reduced to "sex
work"? For them, the world‚s richest man offers only false promises of
protection and continued bondage.

All of this leads one to wonder what the real intent of the Gates
Foundation is: AIDS eradication or population control. The Foundation
is, after all, closely allied with the leading of population control
organizations. The Gates Foundation gave $1.7 million to the UN
Population Fund (UNFPA) in 1998,(11) for example, at a time when that
organization was supporting involuntary sterilization programs in
Peru,(12) and involuntary abortion in China.(13)

The promotion of condoms, however uncertain its effect on the AIDS
epidemic, has a definite and depressing effect on fertility. Couples
wearing condoms won‚t be having children in any numbers. The popularity
of "AIDS education programs" among the anti-people movement is explained
by this convergence. AIDS education, as currently practiced, is
population control.

ENDNOTES

1. Reuters, "Bill Gates Welcomed with Huge Condom," November 14, 2002.
2. Concerned Women for America for Kansas, "The Latest Skirmish in the
Condom Wars," August 23, 2002.
3. See: PRI‚s Weekly Briefing, "AIDS and Population Control in Africa,"
August 8, 2000.
4. The Alan Guttmacher Institute, "Contraceptive Failure, Method-Related
Discinuation and Resumption of Use," by James Trussel and Barbara Vaughan,
in Family Planning Perspectives, Volume 31, No. 2, March/April 1999.
5. Ibid.
6. UN Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, "HIV/AIDS, Awareness and
Behaviour," June 23, 2002.
7. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, „Protecting Women: The Global
Microbicides Project and the Search for an AIDS Barrier," 2002;
www.gatesfoundation.org/storygallery/microbicides.htm.
8. Agape Press, "Congressman Fears ŒSafe Sex‚ Myth Could Spur Cancer
Outbreak," By Bill Fancher, March 13, 2002.
9. Africa Bews Service, "Shipment of 10 Million Condoms Blocked," April
23, 2002.
10. The Bill and Melinda gates Foundation, "Gates Foundation Announces
$100 Million HIV/AIDS Prevention Effort in India," 2002;
www.gatesfoundation.org/globalhealth/hivaidstb/hivaids/announcements.
11. Catholic World News, „Bill Gates Gives to Population Control Fund,‰
April 23, 1998.
12. Final Report Concerning Voluntary Surgical Contraception During the
Years 1990-2000; Subcommittee Investigation of Persons and Institutions
Involved in Voluntary Surgical Contraception, June 2002.
13. Analysis of Determination that Kemp-Kasten Amendment Precludes Further
Funding to UNFPA under Pub. L. 107-115, US State Dept., July 21, 2002.

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Such a deal!!!!

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This collection is a series of columns I wrote for the Troubador, the student paper of Franciscan University of Steubenville, dating from 1991-1993. One of the editors at that time was the great and famous Domenico Bettinelli. These essays were the source of much fun and some consternation when they appeared. Students, male and female, used to tell me they and their friends would wait excitedly every week for it to come out, because, among other things, I dealt with dating and other boy/girl issues on that very Catholic campus. Not many "sacred" cows were spared... But it was great fun!

Act now!!! (I'm going broke.)
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I had forgotten what a good untrained theologian Kelly (the Pew Lady) is. Here her observation of two teenaged sweethearts saying goodnight at the door leads her to reflections on the Mass. Couldn't have said it better myself!
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Thursday, November 21, 2002



Huge number of stories today on the Poynter Clergy Abuse Tracker:

Poynter Online - Abuse Tracker
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Wednesday, November 20, 2002



Such a deal!!!!

Anyone who makes a donation of $25.00 or more to Mallon's Media Watch via PayPal (button to the left) will receive a spiral bound copy of my unpublished book of essays, Common Sense Spirituality: A Catholic Guide to Avoiding Spiritual Nonsense.

This collection is a series of columns I wrote for the Troubador, the student paper of Franciscan University of Steubenville, dating from 1991-1993. One of the editors at that time was the great and famous Domenico Bettinelli. These essays were the source of much fun and some consternation when they appeared. Students, male and female, used to tell me they and their friends would wait excitedly every week for it to come out, because, among other things, I dealt with dating and other boy/girl issues on that very Catholic campus. Not many "sacred" cows were spared... But it was great fun!

Act now!!! (I'm going broke.)
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