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Title Montrose Voice, No. 337, April 10, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date April 10, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript Critics Unimpressed with Reagan's AIDS Gambit APRIL 10, 1987 / MONTROSE VOICE 13 By Celia Hooper WASHINGTON (UPI)—President Reagan twice in recent weeks broached the subject of AIDS, but some experts believe he took the wrong tack in his verbal entrance into the fight against an epidemic that has killed over 19,000 Americans. On March 31, Reagan and French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac jointly announced the settlement of a dispute between French and American laboratories over the discovery of the AIDS virus, and on April 1 Reagan made his first major address on AIDS before the Philadelphia College of Physicians. "After almost six years of silence on the epidemic," said Rep. Henry Wax- man D.-Calif., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, "the president has finally said that he will fight the disease." White House aides insist Reagan's entrance into the AIDS discussion came just because the College of Physicians was an appropriate forum. Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said, "It was quite a natural evolution. This is a national disease that has come upon the public very rapidly. A year ago ... people didn't understand AIDS or thought it was confined to a small segment of society." But Waxman cautioned, "If (Reagan) stops at this speech, we will have years more of bickering between public health figures and moralists, more infections and more deaths." Harsher congressional criticism of Reagan's address came from a member of his own party: "This peril that confronts the nation is not comprised of words," said Sen. Lowell Weicker, ranking Republican on the Senate appropriations subcommittee that oversees acquired immune deficiency syndrome research. "It's comprised of very complex viruses and a medical mystery that nobody has been able to unlock, and it ain't going to be unlocked by the speech in Philadelphia by the president," Weicker said. Speaking to reporters following the president's speech, Weicker said, "The most damaging piece of deception as far as the president is concerned is that he says, 'I'm asking for $100 million more in AIDS research.' "That sounds very good until you hear that he is asking for a $600 million cut in the funds to go to the National Institutes of Health for basic biomedical research. The net of all that is he has cut $500 million for AIDS." The National Academy of Sciences, in a special report last October, urged expenditure of $1 billion for AIDS education and $1 billion for research annually by 1990. The report chastised the administration for a lackluster education effort. Until his speech, Reagan delegated visibility on AIDS policy to four physicians at the Department of Health and Human Services: Secretary Otis Bowen, Assistant Secretary Robert Windom, FDA Commissioner Frank Young and Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. James Brown, spokesman for Windom, said that Reagan's low profile did not mean that he is unconcerned with the issue. Brown pointed to medical advances, such as the discovery of the AIDS virus, the rapid development of blood tests and the drug AZT, the budget increase for AIDS and the surgeon general's report on AIDS as major administration victories. "These were all done under appointees of President Reagan," Brown said. "He would get the blame if things weren't done; he should get the credit when they are done." Dr. Edward Brandt, chancellor ofthe University of Maryland in Baltimore and former assistant secretary of health, agreed that research progress on AIDS was "unparalleled." He said he was generally satisfied with progress against the disease but said he had not seen Reagan's speech. "I don't worry about what the president says. I worry about what the Public Health Service is doing—that's the important thing. My own view is that the PHS just needs to be free to do what needs to be done." Asked if the administration would adopt a "watch what we do, not what we say" approach, Fitzwater said, "A little bit." Brown said the PHS top doctors, Koop and Windom, were both "delighted to have the president speak out." But outside the government, health and AIDS experts were neither delighted nor surprised with Reagan's speech on AIDS. Dr. June Osborn, epidemiologist and dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, said she found no surprises in Reagan's comments. "I was sorely disappointed," Osborn said. "The speech signals no change on Reagan's part—that's the problem. People were looking forward to some federal leadership," Osborn said. In his speech, Reagan advocated a modest federal role in AIDS education: "It must be to give educators accurate information about the disease. How that information is used must be up to schools and parents." Reagan stressed instruction in morality as a complement to AIDS education. He told reporters that he favored AIDS education "as long as they teach that one of the answers to it is abstinence—if you say it's not how you do it, but that you don't do it." Stressing the key role of education in the fight against AIDS, Osborn said Reagan's approach to AIDS stood "in shocking contrast to those of (other) industrialized nations that have frank educational campaigns that assume there are some people who don't practice monogamy and chastity. We owe all citizens—including those who don't practice monogamy and chastity— leadership and guidance on AIDS." Great Britain, for example, has begun mailing out brochures, posting AIDS warnings on billboards and has been broadcasting AIDS-related messages on television. Osborn was most critical of a vow Reagan made in his speech: "I am determined that we'll find a cure for AIDS We'll find a way or make one." "He seemed to be saying if we just try hard enough we will get a cure for AIDS," Osborn said. "That's the last thing on the list of promises we should be giving. ... We may never find a cure for the viral disease." Fitzwater said that when Reagan referred to a "cure" in his speech he was speaking in general terms. "I think 'cure' was used as a generic word to describe any number of medical solutions to the problem," Fitzwater said. "It was" not meant to be a medical term." Thomas Stoddard, executive director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund for homosexual issues, said that if Reagan's AIDS speech marked the beginning of a more forthright approach to the issue, "It is not a promising beginning. His statements were naive and ignorant about AIDS and about the federal government's role in combating the disease." Stoddard said that to date only Koop had been "forthright and frank" in addressing the AIDS crisis. "No other official has fully faced up to AIDS," Stoddard said. "He is a hero standing alone." Koop has carried a frank anti-AIDS message to audiences across the country, promoting sex education in the early grade school years, and prevention of AIDS through abstinence, monogamy, and for those who practice neither, use of condoms. His efforts prompted a public scolding in March from conservative Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly and a continuing public disagreement with Education Secretary William Bennett. The disagreement over AIDS education between Bennett and Koop began in January during a Cabinet-level Domestic Policy Council meeting during which Bennett described the Public Health Service approach as "morally empty." The dispute has since evolved into a gentlemen's agreement to disagree. Bennett recently told school board officials he doubted the differences would ever be resolved because the issue "is one where people feel very strongly." White House press spokesman Marlin Fitzwater denied that there were major divisions over AIDS within the administration: "They're coming at it from different perspectives," in that Bennett is concerned with educating children and Koop with educating adults about methods. Koop is approaching it from a public health standpoint, Fitzwater said, while "Bennett's job is values, education, information, the emotional status" of AIDS. Dr. Sidney Wolfe, head of the consumer health group Public Citizen Health Research Group, said, "If Reagan personally would say the kinds of things that his surgeon general is saying, I would have confidence that (Reagan) is doing more than just deceiving the public." "I would rather educate (sexually active) kids while they are alive than pray for them after they're dead as Reagan seems to be doing." 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