RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro dropped a pioneering plan to mail contraceptives to women in poor neighborhoods for free on Wednesday after the mayor consulted the Roman Catholic archbishop.
The city’s health secretary, who had come up with the idea, said the health service would still give contraceptives and other medicines to needy people at its stations.
The mailing program would have started next month but after speaking with the Archbishop of Rio, Cardinal Eusebio Scheid, Mayor Cesar Maia published a decree limiting the mail distribution to patients with chronic illnesses.
Condom vending machines and now an attempt at birth control pills by mail. Next they will be the prize in a box of Crackerjacks. Feminist have long hoped for a mail contraceptive, but I don’t think this is what they meant.