AIDS And Free Speech
(All emphases by Always On Watch)
From a May 19, 2006 article in the Washington Post:
"Two federal judges in the past two weeks have ruled unconstitutional the government's policy of forcing U.S. health groups to denounce prostitution as a condition for receiving funds for international AIDS work.Huh?
"Both judges said the requirement violated the First Amendment right to free speech....
"Rebekah Diller, associate counsel of the poverty program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, who argued the New York case, said the requirements made it very difficult for groups to use even privately raised funds to teach prostitutes about AIDS prevention methods. She said health organizations could not collectively distribute condoms to groups of prostitutes, or work with other groups that tried to change laws or policies concerning prostitutes. 'It cast a very big chill on being able to do this outreach,' Diller said.
"A USAID spokeswoman did not return a call for comment.
"The New York case was brought by three health organizations, while the Washington case was brought by DKT International, a not-for-profit organization that works in 11 countries. Its representative in Vietnam refused to sign papers certifying that DKT 'has a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking.'"