145 Advocacy Groups Send Letter to HHS Secretary Criticizing Government Sex Ed Web Site as Biased, Inaccurate
April 1, 2005
Nearly 150 advocacy groups on Thursday sent a letter to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt criticizing a government Web site designed to help parents discuss sexual abstinence with their teenage children, saying that the site provides biased and inaccurate information to parents and does not emphasize the need for contraception if a teenager becomes sexually active, the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports (Freking, AP/Las Vegas Sun, 4/1). The Web site -- 4parents.gov -- is one of several new communication tools developed by HHS' Office of Population Affairs and Administration for Children & Families to help parents talk to their teenage children about sexual abstinence. The site includes information on various health topics, statistics, conversation starters and interactive tools (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/29). The site instructs parents to tell their teenage children to abstain from sex and "paints a bleak picture" of teenagers who become pregnant, according to the AP/Arizona Daily Star. The site says, "Tell them abstinence is the healthiest choice," adding, "They will not have to worry about getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant. They will not have to worry about sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Nor will they have to worry that the person they are dating is only interested in them because of sex" (AP/Arizona Daily Star, 4/1). The site also says that condoms are "imperfect" and can break or be used incorrectly, according to the AP/Sun. The site includes a chart that shows whether condoms provide "a little, some or a lot" of protection against STDs, according to the AP/Sun.
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