This morning’s Washington Post reports:
Many American youngsters participating in federally funded abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and that touching a person’s genitals "can result in pregnancy," a congressional staff analysis has found.
Those and other assertions are examples of the "false, misleading, or distorted information" in the programs’ teaching materials, said the analysis, released yesterday, which reviewed the curricula of more than a dozen projects aimed at preventing teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.
The Post article mentions the role of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health in providing "scientific" justification for the alleged untruths, but conceals the role of Focus on the Family in providing much of the political and religious leadership for the abstinence-only movement.
Addendum: Lambda Legal promises an state-by-state investigation of medical accuracy law violations.