Anti-Choice Black Clergy Charge Genocide

The Reverend Clenard Childress preaches that abortion is a form of black genocide. While his message is discordant for pro-choice African Americans, it doesn’t seem to surprise anti-abortion leaders. Some began recruiting black clergy in the 1990s.

GAO Blasts Abstinence Aid; Afghan Women Suffer

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersAn April 4 government study that evaluated the Bush administration’s program to fight HIV-AIDS found that a mandate promoting abstinence-only sex education worldwide was confusing for those who implement it and sometimes hindered comprehensive educational programs for populations at high risk for HIV.The Government Accountability Office, the congressional budget watchdog, said in its independent report that 17 out of 20 U.S. Agency for International Development teams in 17 surveyed countries told investigators the abstinence requirement hampered their ability to respond to “local prevention needs.” The mandate requires that individual teams spend at least one-third of their anti-AIDS funding on promoting sexual abstinence.The report also identified widespread confusion about whether USAID workers were allowed to teach about condoms, since the term “condom promotion” is prohibited by the legislation, while there is ambiguity surrounding the term “condom education.””Unfortunately, this report demonstrates the Bush administration’s willingness to make AIDS prevention policy a political plaything in their ongoing effort to appease the far right,” Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said. “We should be relying on science, not ideology, to stop this pandemic.”More News to Cheer This WeekThirty-one female employees bringing a sex discrimination and harassment lawsuit against the U.S. Mint in Denver won a $9 million settlement this week, the Denver Post reported April 1. Female employees described instances of discrimination in hiring practices, finding stashes of pornography in the office, being propositioned by managers and being offered money for sex. They brought the lawsuit after more than 100 complaints filed over the course of five years were met with silence by the mint’s equal-employment officer.Once or twice a month for seven years, a 70-year-old grandmother, Dr. Miriam McCreary, has flown from Minneapolis to Sioux Falls, S.D., to perform abortions at the only clinic that offers the procedure in the state, CNN reported April 5.