Sunday, August 22, 2010

Feds Embargo Study Favorable of Abstinence

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is withholding the full results of a government study that makes a strong case for promoting abstinence before marriage over sexual education promoting “safe sex.”

UPDATE 8/31/10: Study details now available

UPDATE 8/24/10: Obama yields to pressure and releases full study

-- From "Obama Administration Stonewalls Full Release of Major Abstinence Study" by Peter J. Smith, 8/19/10

Researcher Lisa Rue, Ph.D., a specialist in adolescent behavior, wrote an editorial in the Times Call revealing that the HHS had blocked her repeated requests for the full detailed study, including a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. According to Rue, the HHS said they would not release the full study because they were “pre-decisional and deliberative" – a claim Rue said she found hard to believe, since the study has been publically mentioned at least twice.

Rue suspected the full details were being withheld because they would undermine the Obama administration’s priorities on sex education, which do not include sexual abstinence or address the issue of fatherlessness in children’s lives.

Rue concluded, “At this point in time, we must ask ourselves: Is this valuable process being suppressed by those who wish to repress American values in an effort to exert control over sex education offered in the United States?"

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

Also read: Obama Proved Wrong on Abstinence Education