s skippy the bush kangaroo: republican mendacity - it's hardly news

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

republican mendacity - it's hardly news

condom information in abstinence programs called inaccurate

by christopher lee
washington post staff writer
saturday, april 28, 2007; page a10

each of these assertions turns up in federally funded abstinence-only sex education programs: condoms fail to prevent hiv infection 31 percent of the time during heterosexual sex. the chances of getting pregnant while using a condom are 1 in 6. and condoms break or slip off nearly 15 percent of the time.

and each of them is wrong, says john s. santelli, a pediatrician and a professor at columbia university's mailman school of public health. [….]

"they have been alerted numerous times, and they haven't done anything," said ava barbour, an aclu staff attorney.

leanna benn, national director of teen-aid inc., a nonprofit group in spokane, wash., which developed some of the abstinence materials, said 25 physicians had reviewed them for accuracy. ‘[…]

we have to ask, 'what is the motive, and why the press over something that's old news?' "
ms. benn appears to be invoking the, "but we always tell this lie" defense. we’d prefer it if the government left the condom jokes to the professionals.

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