Catholics for a Free Choice, Catholic League Presidents Discuss Ad Campaign Criticizing Bishops’ Stance on Condom Useon CNN’s ‘Crossfire’
Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice, and William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, last night discussed on CNN's "Crossfire" a CFFC international ad campaign criticizing Catholic bishops' stance on condom use. Explaining the reasoning behind the ad campaign's slogan "Banning Condoms Kills," Kissling said that although the "Catholic church treats nine million people a year who are currently infected with HIV/AIDS worldwide ... they're told nothing about condoms," adding that some of those people are sexually active. When asked by co-host Bill Press if he had to "admit [that] every single word of that ad is true," Donohue responded, "There's not a single person in the history of the world ... who has ever died as a result of a sexually transmitted disease because they followed Catholic teaching. ... It is preposterous." The full transcript of the program is available online (Press and Carlson, "Crossfire," CNN, 1/3). The ads are also available online.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.