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Catholics at International AIDS Conference XVII Tell Pope: End Ban on Condoms
Date:7/31/2008

lics for Choice will be engaged at various levels of the conference, presenting skills-building workshops in English and Spanish, making presentations and speeches, and engaging activists throughout the week.

"It is essential that activists around the world -- Catholic or not -- learn the truth about what Catholics really think concerning condom use and develop arguments to counter the Vatican's dangerous claims about them," said O'Brien.

"It is critical that the Vatican moves quickly to lift the ban on condoms. The ban is having a devastating impact in the global south and people are dying as a result," said Teresa Lanza, executive director of Catolicas por el Derecho a Decidir in Bolivia. "In the global north, it's much easier for people to ignore the ban and buy condoms. In the global south, in less privileged countries such as Bolivia -- where the Catholic hierarchy has significant influence on public policy and people often rely on Catholic-run facilities to access health care -- the picture is very different. The ban can mean the difference between life and death. I urge the Vatican to lift the ban immediately," continued Lanza.

For more information, please contact in Washington, DC: Jen Heitel Yakush at +1 (202) 986-6093; in Mexico: David Nolan at +1 (202) 492-6092. To learn more about the Condoms4Life campaign and why Good Catholics Use Condoms, visit http://www.Condoms4Life.org or in Mexico: Area D, Booth 415 in the Exhibition Area.


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