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Archbishop: Planned Parenthood dumps faulty condoms in Africa

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John Allen catches up with the wonderfully named Archbishop Charlie Palmer-Buckle.

The archbishop of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, is proving to be one of the stars of the Synod, provoking the delegates with his outspoken observations and entertaining journalists with his wry remarks.

His interview with Allen, however, is formidably serious and controversial. He claims that some NGO workers in Ghana are sexual predators and accuses Planned Parenthood of dumping substandard condoms in Africa. Allen suggests that is an urban myth. But the archbishop insists it’s true:

I know it for a fact. The condoms they bring are sub-standard, and there’s no quality control. Some of these companies, Durex and the rest, are benefactors of groups such as the Planned Parenthood Federation. They don’t check [these condoms], it’s all for free, and they just bring it to Africa. The environmental conditions in Africa are such that those latex forms that the use in no time go rotten, or they have expired.

Because they sit on the docks too long?

Exactly, and people don’t even know whether they have expired. In the final analysis, they’re doing more harm than good.

Of course, a cynic might say you’re supposed to be against using condoms under any circumstances. Isn’t it a bit ironic for a Catholic bishop to complain that the condoms arriving in Africa aren’t good enough?

Because we’re concerned about our people. We’re not worried about the condoms, we’re worried about the people. It’s injurious to the people.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 15, 2009 at 8:43 am

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