March 24, 2002


We Cannot Turn Away (Jesse Helms, March 24, 2002, Washington Post)
It is my intent to offer an amendment with Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to the emergency supplemental appropriations bill to add $500 million -- contingent on dollar-for-dollar contributions from the private sector -- to the U.S. Agency for International Development's programs to fight the HIV-AIDS pandemic. The goal of this new money will be to make treatment available for every HIV-positive pregnant woman. As President Bush would say, we will leave no child behind.

There is no reason why we cannot eliminate, or nearly eliminate, mother-to-child transmission of HIV-AIDS -- just as polio was virtually eliminated 40 years ago.

Wouldn't it be ironic if the most hated conservative in America, a man who liberals do not hesitate to call a racist, ends up saving millions of black lives?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2002 9:48 AM
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