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Fighting for AIDS Prevention in Africa

June 16, 2004

Re "U.S. Right Squeezes Lifesaving Aid to Africans," Commentary, June 10: Barbara Crossette writes on the effect of the "gag rule" [the Republican ban on giving aid to groups that counsel people on abortion] on the Young & Wise AIDS prevention program in Ghana and on the withdrawal of U.S. funds from the United Nations Population Fund.

We Americans ought to be paying more attention. The Bush administration hopes that only its "fanatical faithful" will pay attention but that for the rest of us, these mean-spirited policies will pass under the radar. For many months the 34 Million Friends of UNFPA campaign has given Americans a chance to register their disgust and to make a difference. It's grass-roots America at its best.

Anne Russ

El Cajon

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