National HHS Study Favoring Abstinence Education Withheld

By August 12, 2010Education
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A national study on the attitudes of parents and adolescents on abstinence shows strong support for teens waiting until marriage to have sex. However, despite release of the study’s summary and it’s highlight at two major public health conferences, the full results of it are being withheld from the public and researchers. Valerie Huber, Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education Foundation (NAEF), spoke with CWA President Wendy Wright and explains why this taxpayer-funded study is important and what you can do to urge Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials to release this data.

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Important Action Items From NAEF:
A researcher, Dr. Lisa Rue, requested the full report, which was highlighted at a previous HHS conference and at an American Public Health Association conference. She was denied access. This taxpayer-supported survey demonstrates overwhelming support for abstinence-centered education, which is not supported by the Obama Administration?

Click here for the editorial by researcher, Dr. Lisa Rue, in the Times Call on August 2, 2010.

Click here for the research result summary

Action Item: Submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Abstinence supporters are encouraged to request the full report via a short Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The entire process takes about five minutes. Click here to submit a FOIA request for public release of these findings. Abstinence Educators and supporters should visit the ACF link and click on- Submit a FOIA request. Request a copy of the following report: The National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents, funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Project #60005.

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