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UN Mandate: All Nations Must Legalize Prostitution, Drug Use and Homosexual Sex

UN: Legalize Prostitution, Drug Use and Homosexual Sex to Stop AIDS!

Dear Harry,

A  new report issued by a UN commission established by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon  claims that all nations must legalize prostitution as part of any successful  effort to deal with the AIDS pandemic.  This report, titled “HIV and  the Law: Risks, Rights & Health” also calls for the legalization  and destigmatization of injection drug use and sexual relations between males—all  in the name of AIDS prevention. 

Ironically, the report acknowledges that “sex workers” (the euphemism used  for prostitutes), intravenous drug users, and “men who have sex with men” have  the highest incidence of AIDS, yet the commission still calls upon nations to  legalize and destigmatize these risky behaviors. 

We could have predicted the recommendations because the commission was  stacked with committed “sexual rights” activists.  The report simply recycles the same discredited  arguments that have been made for some time now by UNAIDS and other UN agencies,  which are reflected in the UNAIDS “International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human  Rights.”  (Click  here for our policy brief on the Guidelines and here to see our brief on failed UN HIV/AIDS policies.)

          The argument the report uses for legalizing high-risk behaviors is a common  argument used by sexual rights activists and goes something like this:

           In many countries, prostitutes, drug users and male homosexuals feel  marginalized or fearful because their behavior is outlawed and not considered  acceptable by the society in which they live.  As a result, they argue, these “vulnerable”  individuals will not come forward for counseling, testing and treatment, and so  they will continue to spread AIDS at a much higher rate than the general  population.  Sexual rights activists  claim that governments must not only legalize these high-risk behaviors but also  destigmatize them through public campaigns and comprehensive sexuality  education programs in the schools so that these high-risk individuals will not  be discouraged from taking advantage of HIV-related services.

The problem with his logic is that it ignores the fact that these groups generally  have much higher rates of HIV infections than the general population, not lower  rates.  This is the case even in  developed countries.  In France the HIV  infection rate among MSM is said to be “out  of control.” 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a fact  sheet showing that the only group in the U.S. in which HIV infection rates are  dramatically rising is in the population of men who have sex with men, even  though homosexual sex is legal in the U.S. and is increasingly being  “destigmatized.” 

The major reason for these outcomes is the simple fact that whatever  behavior you legalize and destigmatize in society will likely increase, not  decrease.  Therefore, wherever the  recommendations in this UN report are implemented there will likely be more AIDS  cases, not fewer.

          Wouldn’t it be better to simply establish confidentiality laws and policies  that would allow high-risk individuals to obtain HIV-related services without  fear of being penalized for seeking help?   Wouldn’t it be better to set up programs that would provide counseling  to help people change their high-risk behaviors rather than condone them?

What is really behind this push to protect these high-risk behaviors in the  name of HIV/AIDS prevention?  It is a  thinly-disguised manipulation of the AIDS pandemic and the UN system by sexual  rights activists to mainstream promiscuous sexual behavior in societies around  the world, regardless of the consequences. 

          This commission revealed its bias when they cited the notorious Yogyakarta  Principles in their report as a guide for promoting the  sexual rights of “sexual minorities.”  (See  our brief on this radical document here.)  Among other assertions, the Yogyakarta  Principles, which was created by international sexual rights activists, is  their claim that “sexual rights” trump free speech and religious liberty  rights.  The Principles even claim that governments  are obligated to help people with sex-change operations.

This UN commission report is just the most recent example of sexual rights  advocates putting their agenda ahead of any other considerations including the  safety and health of individuals as well as the larger society.

          With your continued support, Family Watch will continue to work to expose this  radical sexual rights agenda that is promoting fictitious sexual rights at the  expense of sexual health and stop it from doing more damage to individuals and  families.         


Sharon Slater

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