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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Ban on condom ads counter-productive, UN agency warns

Manila Standard Today
04 February 2008

ORGANIZATIONS supporting family planning programs and policies have questioned and denounced a proposal to ban advertisements on condoms.

The Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation (PLCPD) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Philippines criticized the AIDS-FREE Philippines, Human Life International and Family Media Advocacy Foundation for their proposal banning ads on condom.

Which is really offensive, promoting responsible decisions or withholding the right to informed choice of the people?” Ramon San Pascual, PLCPD executive director, asked.

The organizations proposing the condom ads ban described the condom advertisements as “offensive to public morals” and that it promotes a “condom-lifestyle” among Filipinos.

“These condom ads do not suggest that people engage in sex but merely inform people that condom use is one method to plan families, avoid teenage pregnancies and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS,” San Pascual said.
He added that “what is more offensive is if we continue to ignore these realities and withhold information that may possibly save the lives of individuals, mothers and even the young people.”

by: Michael Caber