Skip to comments.Deluge of FOIA requests forced HHS to make public new study lauding abstinence-based sex ed
Posted on 08/26/2010 5:12:37 PM PDT by markomalley
Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families were keeping the lid on the results of a new study they funded until they received a flood of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests sparked by the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), according to LifeNews.com.
The tax-funded study found that 70 percent of parents believe sexual intercourse should be delayed until marriage and that parental attitudes on such issues are the most important determinant of how adolescents view them as well. according to LifeNews.com.
The study was discussed at a recent meeting of the American Public Health Association that was attended by researcher Lisa Rue, Ph.D. who specializes in adolescent behavior. She requested a copy of the full report from HHS but her request was denied, as was a subsequent FOIA.
So NAEA encouraged its members to submit their own FOIAs, with a result that hundreds of additional FOIAs were received by the government. At that point, HHS officials relented and posted the study on the Internet. You can read it here.
For more on this interesting illustration of government bureaucrats attempting to suppress the results of a study on an important social issue, go here on the LifeNews.com web site.
Abstinence works every single time it’s tried.