Washington D.C., Mar 15, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Some lawmakers are applauding the serious consideration the Bush administration is giving a policy that would require all condom packages to have labels, indicating that they fail to protect users from all sexually transmitted diseases. But other lawmakers continue to insist that the only real solution to STDs is abstinence education.
"This is not about social ideology, or religious ideology,” said Jo Ann Davis (R-Virginia) in debate. “It's about informing women [about potential illnesses]. ... And truly, the only way to be protected is abstinence. That's not ideology – it's fact."
What’s also fact is that the Bush administration is seeking to double federal spending on abstinence-education programs to $270 million.
Condom packages currently have labels, which indicate that condoms reduce the risk of AIDS and other STDs if properly used. But recent studies indicate condoms do not protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), a little-known but widespread disease that can cause genital warts or cervical cancer if it is untreated.