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Govâ€TMt-run Parental Education Website Flawed, Experts Say

by Brendan Coyne

July 15, 2005 – A federally-funded web site aimed at educating parents with teenagers carries a slew of misinformation about sex and gender issues and lacks vital facts on other health concerns, according to an analysis by several child medical professionals released Wednesday. The report was commissioned by Representative Henry Waxman (D-California), minority office chairperson of the House Committee on Government Reform.

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Two medical doctors, a psychiatrist and a psychologist carried out the review. They found factually false information on sexual orientation, single parent households, condoms and oral sex. Despite carrying a section titled "Risky Behaviors," the site carries little information about tobacco and alcohol use and abuse, the reviewers pointed out.

In a letter to Micheal Levitt, the secretary of Health and Human Services, Waxman highlighted a few of the more onerous findings.

The reviewers determined that the site’s information on sexually risky behaviors is inaccurate, homosexuality is treated as a changeable "lifestyle," and single parents are derided. In addition, Waxman noted that the website "inappropriately relies on Seventeen magazine for scientific information."

The site was created and continues to be maintained by the National Physicians Center for Family Resources under a $46,000 contract, the Washington Post reported yesterday. NPCFR is a nonprofit organization that is pro-abstinence and anti-abortion.

Planned Parenthood, a group that provides reproductive health care and lobbies to maintain and expand abortion rights, questioned the web site’s creation and the group behind it three months ago, noting that the administration will spend $170 million on abstinence-only education programs, despite a multitude of news reports and academic studies detailing problems with many of the programs.

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