Government Abstinence Site Under Fire
A parenting website developed by the U.S. Dept. of Health And Human Services (HHS) is under fire because it promotes sexual abstinence, almost to the exclusion of alternatives. One of its more controversial recommendations says:
"If you believe your adolescent may be gay, or is experiencing difficulties with gender identity or sexual orientation issues, consider seeing a family therapist who shares your values to clarify and work through these issues."
Promoting abstinence is fine, said Monica Rodriguez of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, but the government should also address the needs of teenagers who are already sexually active, gay or lesbian, or who have been sexually abused.
Her 41-year-old organization as well as the ACLU, the National Education Association and more than 100 other advocacy groups are asking HHS to take down the Web site.