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Obama Breaks Campaign Promise on AIDS

WASHINGTON, May 8 (OneWorld.net) - U.S. President Barack Obama's failure to lift a federal funding ban on syringe exchange -- a policy that allows intravenous drug users to swap used needles for clean ones -- is a blow to AIDS-prevention efforts, says a global health group.

  • Although Obama pledged on the campaign trail to overturn the federal ban on funding for syringe exchange, he refrained from doing so in his proposed 2010 budget. "Providing clean syringes is proven to be one of the most effective public health interventions since the polio vaccine," said Jennifer Flynn, managing director of Health Global Access Project (GAP). "It is clear that it works, but yet, we now have to wait for Congress to act to have the freedom to use every possible resource to make it widely available." (See Health GAP's full statement below.)

by Fran on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 01:53:31 PM EST
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I think that should read "... amongst his broken promises ..."

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 05:44:28 PM EST
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Helen: I think that should read "... amongst his broken promises ..."

Such as?

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 10:18:52 PM EST
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SLDN: Obama Caving to Senior Military Leadership, Religious Right on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" | Latest News | Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
"Jones's answer, along with Secretary Gates's remarks to the Army War College on April 16, make it clear that a calculated political decision has been made that the President is not going to take `Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on publicly-himself-and instead his defense team is doing it."

There should be no waffling in this Administration-whether from Jones or Gates, on whether repeal is going to happen. The discussions should be when and how. Recall what Obama said on the campaign trail in 2007:

America is ready to get rid of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. That work should have started long ago. It will start when I take office. America is ready to get rid of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. All that is required is leadership.(Fall 2007 to Human Rights Campaign)
by Fran on Mon May 11th, 2009 at 12:10:19 AM EST
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