Uh, Thanks, I Guess
The GOP is really trying to co-opt the Democratic platform, but they don't quite get it.
There are plenty of strings. This is another "war is peace" Bush spin, she says. With this bill, Bush is extending the gag rule, not lifting it.
The gag rule has never applied to AIDS funds. So Bush is lifting a restriction that never existed. Instead, he is adding some. Under this bill, groups that provide AIDS prevention as well as abortion services now must keep their abortion and family-planning programs financially and physically separate from its AIDS prevention work.
The word in Washington is that some congressional Republicans will introduce riders to the AIDS bill in the House today. Expect one to call for removing all references to condoms.
Fighting AIDS without condoms is like funding wars by cutting taxes ... oh yeah, forget it.