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Pete Buttigieg: ‘Not fair’ that it’s a crime to knowingly give someone HIV

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October 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – During the recent LGBTQ Democratic Presidential Town Hall hosted by CNN, homosexual candidate Pete Buttigieg said he wants to do away with laws throughout the country which criminalize HIV transmission via nondisclosure to sexual partners.  

The South Bend, Indiana mayor said, “It’s not fair and it needs to change.”  

His questioner, CNN’s Anderson Cooper – who is also gay – called the laws “antiquated” and based on “old science.”

The event, which brought nine Democrat White House contenders to Los Angeles, focused on gay and transgender issues.  

Buttigieg was not the only one guilty of extreme pandering to the Democrat’s gay consituency by urging for the softening of HIV transmission laws. Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren also want to see the knowing transmission of HIV decriminalized.

This is a rising issue among liberals who believe that such laws stigmatize gays infected with HIV, and they see that stigmatization as more dangerous than passing HIV to other human beings.   

“Let’s be frank: This is just completely insane,” said The Washington Examiner’s Brad Polumbo. “[T]o knowingly conceal that you have the virus is to put another person at risk.”

He continued

What happened to Democrats being big on consent? If you fail to tell a sexual partner that you have HIV, you are stripping them of their ability to make an informed decision to consent. Essentially, this is sexual assault, and Democrats want to make it legal. 

Think about it from your own perspective. Would you want it to be legal for your sexual partner to hide the fact that they’re HIV positive from you? No person has the right to knowingly put others in jeopardy or endanger their health. 

Democrats like Buttigieg argue, though, that due to advances in medical technology and HIV treatment, it’s possible for someone to have HIV but not be contagious. This is true, in some cases, and it’s a wonderful advancement. But it still doesn’t justify the repeal of disclosure laws — not even close. For one, having an “undetectable” viral load, and therefore not being contagious, isn’t a permanent status. It can fluctuate. So while yes, tests might show that an HIV-positive person is not contagious at one moment, that can always change, leaving enough risk...to warrant mandatory disclosure. 

… Democrats may be endorsing this irresponsible decriminalization in an attempt to pander to woke gay and transgender activists, yet in reality it’s mostly the gay community that these laws protect in the first place. Putting gay lives at risk appears to be “woke” now, but it’s sure as hell not “progressive” in any meaningful sense of the word.

During the early 1990s, I volunteered one night per week at Mother Teresa’s Gift of Peace House in Washington, D.C., where the Sisters of Charity cared for indigent men dying of AIDS.  

It was a different world back then, when HIV infection was essentially a death sentence, leading to full-blown AIDS.  

During my time there I fed men who could no longer feed themselves, changed their diapers, and helped those who had become blind or paralyzed due to AIDS.  

There were usually about a 12 to 15 men housed in the second floor unit, and it was not unusual for one, two, or three to die between my weekly visits. 

The suffering of these men who horrifically wasted away due to AIDS is forever etched in my heart and mind.  

Although HIV is far more manageable than it once was, for Democrat presidential candidates to suggest that it’s okay for casual sex partners to expose others to HIV – and possibly AIDS – without consequence reveals the inhuman and inhumane intuition of liberal ideologues throughout the Democrat Party.   

This is the party that also believes it is fine to abort babies up until the moment of birth and to sell their body parts, and which now lobbies for the legalization of euthanasia.  

Perhaps the best thing to come from the CNN LGBTQ Town Hall is this: It has uncovered for the entire nation yet another facet of the Democrats’ extreme allegiance to our modern-day culture of death. 

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Doug Mainwaring

Doug Mainwaring is a journalist for LifeSiteNews, an author, and a marriage, family and children's rights activist.  He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, originated and co-authored amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, and has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs.  Doug and his family live in the Washington, DC suburbs.