30 Aug Obama Administration’s HHS Suppresses Important Study
It wasn’t enough that the Obama Administration’s Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued guidelines to schools instructing them that sex education curriculum should include information on “the needs of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and questioning youth and how their program will be inclusive of and non-stigmatizing…” The HHS also felt the need to suppress information from a study showing that parents strongly support the concept that sexual intimacy should wait until after marriage. Secondly, parental attitudes towards sex are more important than the actual level of parental communications with their child. Both of these concepts fly in the face of what the comprehensive sex education mavens have been touting for decades.
This story began when researcher, Dr. Lisa Rue, was made aware that the study existed and requested a full report. HHS said “No;” so Rue submitted a request via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). That, too, was denied by HHS. That’s when the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) got involved; notifying interested persons to submit a request for the public release of the study. Accordingly to NAEA official Valerie Huber, “Hundreds submitted the request for openness regarding the study. As a result, HHS posted the entire study report on Monday [August 23].” So lots of effort and many, many weeks later the Obama administration released the study. We feel certain that without such intense public pressure (not to mention a whole of conservative-media attention) the study would have remained buried.
So what were some of the study findings? From the National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents (sample of 1,000 adolescents and their “most knowledgeable parent”) measuring attitudes and communication for youth who received classes or programs regarding waiting until marriage to engage in sexual relations:
- 7o percent of parents agreed with the statement: “It is against your values for your adolescents to have sexual intercourse before marriage.”
- 70 percent of parents agreed with the statement: “Having sexual intercourse is something only married people should do.”
- The two statements received a similar response from the adolescent participants
Uh, Oh…. That’s bad news for “comprehensive” sex education promoters who shun the “abstinence until marriage” message as hopelessly outdated and not in alignment with parents’ wishes.
All of this points to the lack of integrity of the people like Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services) and her pro-abortion and “promote-sex-to-adolescents-at –all-cost” friends at Planned Parenthood and SEICUS, who continually claim to highlight and rely only on “medically accurate” and “science-driven” material to support their work. I guess if the “science” doesn’t fit your agenda, you simply work to ensure it doesn’t see the light of day.
Congratulations to all those who were instrumental in getting this important study to be made available to the public.