Senator Opposes HIV Testing for Pregnant Women

RTB: The media reports on a controversy in HIV testing – but it’s a false controversy, that does highlight the reactive – but uncritical – stance of AIDS activists against homophobia.

The reporter and editors imagine they’re reporting on an issue of religious intolerance and sexual bigotry; the editorial position is in favor of testing and drugging mother and infant, and they use the problem of homophobia to create support for the AIDS paradigm. “Pro-AIDS” becomes a de facto “Pro-Gay” position.

What would happen if they asked the question: What do HIV tests actually test for? What do they actually diagnose? And what burden are we placing on individuals who “test positive” on a poly-reactive test? What are the consequences of AZT and Nevirapine in Utero?

These questions are ignored and actively suppressed by the mainstream media, and in Senate discussion.

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DENVER—The Senate backed a bill promoting HIV testing for pregnant women Wednesday over the objection of a lone senator who said the state shouldn’t protect people from the consequences of their “unacceptable behavior.”

Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, said HIV stemmed mainly from sexual promiscuity. He likened testing for HIV to opening day car centers in high schools to serve teenage mothers.

“We do things constantly to try to remove the negative consequences of poor behavior, unacceptable behavior, quite frankly,” Schultheis told the Senate.

Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, said she was offended by the remarks because she thought they reinforced stereotypes about gay people being sexually promiscuous. Veiga, who is a lesbian, was also upset that no other Republicans, especially Minority Leader Josh Penry, spoke out against what Schultheis had said or against remarks earlier this week by another Republican about homosexuality being an offense to God.

Penry, a co-sponsor of the HIV testing bill, voted for it along with every other senator besides Schultheis.

The measure (Senate Bill 179) requires that doctors offer to test pregnant women for HIV in their first trimester but allows women to opt out. Bill sponsor Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton, said the aim is to start HIV treatment early to prevent unborn babies from contracting the disease.

Schultheis later explained that not protecting people from the consequences of sexual promiscuity can be more compassionate in the long run because others might end up changing how they live after seeing the impact it can have.

Penry said he backed the bill to help protect babies but said it isn’t his job to weigh in on the views of other senators.

“People are entitled to their opinions. I think they’re eager to gin up the outrage machine,” Penry said of Democrats.

On Monday, Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, created a stir by quoting Bible verses that condemned homosexuality. He made his comments during a debate over extending health insurance benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian state workers, a measure sponsored by Veiga.

Penry said many Coloradans support the traditional view of marriage and defended the right of lawmakers to express their strongly held views.

Debate on the health benefits bill also rankled some Republicans. They objected to Senate Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer’s comments suggesting that supporting the bill was the more “enlightened” stance.

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