Washington Post Profiles Abstinence Sex Education Advocate, HHS Deputy Secretary Allen Who Is Federal Judicial Nominee
The Washington Post today profiles HHS Deputy Secretary Claude Allen, who has been criticized by comprehensive sex education advocates for his support of abstinence-only sex education and who last week was nominated to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. As HHS deputy secretary, Allen has supported doubling federal funding for abstinence-only education and has said that encouraging teenagers to abstain from sexual intercourse until marriage is the best way to prevent pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. He has since become a "prime target" for sex education advocates who say that his promotion of abstinence-only education has harmed sex education programs that teach safe sex, according to the Post (Shear, Washington Post, 5/5). The complete article is available online.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.