Friday, October 14, 2005

Congressman Waxman disputes White House official's statement about sex-ed website

From The Hill e-news:

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is taking issue with a White House official's comments regarding congressional concerns about a federal sex-education website. Waxman has been highly critical of the 4parents.gov website, charging that it misrepresents facts about sexually transmitted diseases and condoms and negatively characterizes single mothers and homosexuals. In July, he wrote Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to register his complaints. During a conference of the International Abstinence Education Leadership Conference in early August, Waxman says Claude Allen, one of President Bush's top domestic policy advisors, assured the group that the administration had defended the website's content to detractors. "We've gone back to them about it [and] made very clear that while they might have a disagreement with that information, it is based on fact, based on science, based on research," Waxman's letter quotes Allen as saying. Not so fast, Waxman writes: "Since sending the [July] letter, I have received no response." He asked Allen to explain the discrepancy by Oct. 28.


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