Mexican Bishops Attack First Lady for Advocating Condom Use Against AIDS
May 13, 2003
Leading Mexican clergy have attacked the country's first lady, Marta Sahagun, for advocating the use of condoms as protection against AIDS. In response to Sahagun's call Wednesday for people to have the moral courage to fight AIDS through educating people about safer sex, two Catholic bishops told the Reforma newspaper it was "depraved" to legitimize sexual liberty by advocating condom use. "In fact, many millions of people are infected with AIDS because of the propaganda surrounding condoms," said Jacinto Guerrero, the bishop of Tlaxcala. Despite Sahagun's position, the political party headed by her husband, President Vicente Fox, has dropped the word "condom" from its manifesto for legislative elections in July.
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