Catholic clergy attack Mexico's first lady over condom comments

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 13 2003 12:00 AM ET

Catholic bishops have attacked Mexico's first lady, Marta Sahagun, for advocating the use of condoms to prevent HIV infections, calling her comments "depraved," Agence France-Presse reports. Sahagun called on Mexico's citizens to use condoms and to educate each other about safer sex. But two leading bishops denounced Sahagun for her comments. "In fact, many millions of people are infected with AIDS because of the propaganda surrounding condoms," said the bishop of Tlaxcala, Jacinto Guerrero. Under pressure from the Catholic Church, the political party headed by Sahagun's husband, president Vicente Fox, recently dropped language from its political platform calling for condom use to prevent HIV infection. The word "condom" had previously appeared in the party's manifesto.

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