FC: Federal agencies urged to keep linking to healthy-sex site

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Tue Mar 19 2002 - 21:18:04 PST

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    "Conservatives complain CDC.gov links to a healthy-sex site"
    Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 14:48:43 -0800
    To: Declan McCullagh <declanat_private>
    From: Will Doherty <dohertyat_private>
    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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