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Mechai Viravaidya on how condoms came to Thailand -- and then changed it:

By Ezra Klein  | October 5, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
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Mechai says they got school kids to hand out condoms and no parents objected because it was to save lives. Wouldn't happen here. Feeling morally superior is more important than saving lives.

Posted by: steveh46 | October 5, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Agreed with steveh46. Obviously Thailand is much smaller than the US and we would face very different challenges than them in confronting these issues, it still makes America look completely pathetic that we can't even have an honest public discussion about these topics.

Posted by: HerooftheBeach | October 5, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@steve: "Mechai says they got school kids to hand out condoms and no parents objected "

I can't imagine no parents objected. I certainly would have. I don't send my kid to school to get condoms. That being said, if they were doing it, it wouldn't make that big of a difference. It's the parents job to put the fear of God into any boys who so much as look at my daughters. Which I do.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | October 5, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Coffee and condoms. Man, they must spend a lot of time fooling around. A bet they do a booming tourist business with stifled American business people over there.

That being said, he must have said "family planning" fifty times without once saying abortion. It could be the too-tight association between family planning and abortion in America that helps make a more progressive orientation towards such things as birth control and condoms difficult. For American conservative and evangelicals, "Family Planning" = "Abortion".

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | October 5, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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