Sunday, August 17, 2003

3rd Audit of Safe Sex Group in One Year

"Auditors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected to begin a weeklong review Monday at the Washington headquarters of Advocates for Youth. The CDC and the congressional General Accounting Office have previously conducted audits, said Debra Hauser, the group's vice president.

'What we're concerned about is that it appears that the selective and political use of the audits is to intimidate those organizations that are standing up for comprehensive sex education and are opposed to abstinence until marriage programs,' Hauser said. "

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said the audits of Advocates for Youth and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States continue a disturbing trend in which similar scrutiny is not applied to "abstinence-only" programs discouraging all sex before marriage and forbidding discussion of the benefits of birth control or condom use."

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