- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 26, 2006

From combined dispatches

A leading conservative group says a recent study that reported 95 percent of adults surveyed had engaged in premarital sex is political propaganda from “the condom cartel.”

A study released last week by the Guttmacher Institute “should be closely scrutinized — and not taken as justification for engaging in premarital sex,” said Linda Klepacki, an analyst for Colorado-based Focus on the Family. “This is the condom cartel’s attempt at normalizing out-of-wedlock sexual behavior. This is one in a series of documents that is designed to set the battle lines for January’s congressional battles over sex education.”

Guttmacher researcher Lawrence Finer called the study based on interviews of more than 38,000 Americans “reality-check research,” and said: “Premarital sex is normal behavior for the vast majority of Americans and has been for decades.”

Guttmacher is the research division of Planned Parenthood, which has been critical of federal support for abstinence education, Mrs. Klepacki said. “We must expect abstinence-only education to be attacked with renewed vehemence in the Democrat-controlled Congress,” she said.

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