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Federal agencies urged to keep linking to healthy-sex site


"Conservatives complain CDC.gov links to a healthy-sex site"


Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 14:48:43 -0800
To: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
From: Will Doherty <doherty@onlinepolicy.org>
Subject: OPG Alert: Urge CDC and USDA to Provide Safe-Sex Info to Youth

Hey Declan,

This alert follows up on the story you wrote re
CDC / USDA unlinking from positive.org (your
article is summarized and linked from the alert page).


OPG Alert: Urge CDC and USDA to Provide Safe-Sex Info to Youth

On March 9, 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) removed a National Prevention Information
Network (NIPN) website link to the Coalition for Positive
Sexuality (CPS) website called positive.org, apparently
caving in to pressure from the right-wing Physicians
Consortium and the Focus on the Family's James Dobson.

Positive.org explains to youth how to protect themselves
from disease by engaging in safe sex practices, such as
wearing a condom to prevent HIV transmission. The site also
offers information about birth control, abortion, and
sexual orientation.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) public
affairs specialist Maria Bynum declared that the USDA would
also remove links to positive.org and possibly other
websites from the cyfernet.org website.

Please contact CDC and USDA urging them not to abandon
sexually active young people, to make sure they can access
not only information about abstinence, but also this
life-saving information about sexually transmitted disease
prevention, and to suggest restoring the links to
positive.org and any similar site links.

To take action on this alert, please go to:


Will Doherty
Executive Director
Online Policy Group

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