Condom Distribution Opposed at Olympic Games

Conservative activists in the state of Utah are opposing the distribution of condoms as the upcoming Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT. In a state where every school district must obtain permission from a child’s parents to teach about pregnancy, childbirth, parenthood, and even physiology, residents are upset that condoms will be available for free to Olympic athletes at health care clinics, the 10 competitions sites, and in the Olympic village where athletes reside. Condoms have been available to Olympic athletes since the games in 1992. More than 70,000 were distributed at the Summer 2000 games in Sydney, Australia. Condoms have been shown to be effective in decreasing the spread of certain sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV, and decreasing the rate of unintended pregnancies.

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New York Times, 2/1/02

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