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  Laura Bush defends anti-AIDS abstinence programs
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Jan 16, 2006 06:33pm
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News DateTuesday, January 17, 2006 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFirst lady Laura Bush yesterday said she was "irritated" by outside criticism of her husband's anti-AIDS programs in Africa as being focused too heavily on abstinence and not enough on condoms.

Mrs. Bush, on a trip to West Africa to witness the inauguration of the continent's first elected female president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, also defended a National Security Agency program to eavesdrop on foreign al Qaeda suspects who communicate with Americans. She said the political furor in the U.S. would aid the terrorists.

But she was most annoyed by a question about AIDS and the U.S. policy to emphasize abstinence, which the reporter asking her said "some people have equated ... with Christian moralism."
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