U. S. Is Asked to Close Site on Sex Issues
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WASHINGTON - Advocacy groups are calling on the federal government to take down a new Web site offering information on sex issues because the groups say it presents biased and inaccurate advice to parents on how to talk to their children about sex and emphasizes abstinence.
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, which also provides sex education materials, sent a letter to Michael O. Leavitt, the secretary of health and human services, supported by liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood.
"They've always opposed us on the issue of abstinence; that's fine," said a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, Bill Pierced. "One thing we do know about abstinence is that if you practice it, you will not have an unintended pregnancy or risk catching a sexually transmitted disease."
Mr. Leavitt said in a statement announcing the site last month that it was designed for parents who are embarrassed about talking with their children about sex.
"Parents have a tremendous amount of influence on their children and we want them to talk with their teens about abstinence so that they can stay safe and healthy," he said.
The Human Rights Campaign said it was also concerned about sections of the Web site that focused on sexual orientation.
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