Thursday, May 05, 2005

Brazil Spurns US AIDS Grant

Sherry at Bittersweet links a BBC story reporting that the government of Brazil has turned down a grant from USAid to combat AIDS. The problem is that a condition of the grant was that it not be used to fund abortions or treat prostitutes. Brazilians believe that their "sex workers" deserve access to state welfare and pensions like any other citizen. So they turned down the $40 million. In other words, screw the non-prostitute AIDS patients.

Update: Behind Enemy Lines has new information that puts the whole thrust of the BBC story in doubt.