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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Audits A Safe Sex Group

WASHINGTON -- For the third time in a year, the U.S. government is examining the books of a group that promotes the use of condoms to fight AIDS and whose leaders have criticized support for "abstinence-only" sex education from the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Auditors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were expected to begin a weeklong review Monday at the Washington headquarters of Advocates for Youth. The CDC and the congressional General Accounting Office have previously conducted audits, said Debra Hauser, the group's vice president.

"What we're concerned about is that it appears that the selective and political use of the audits is to intimidate those organizations that are standing up for comprehensive sex education and are opposed to abstinence until marriage programs," Hauser said.

Representative Henry Waxman, a Democrat, said the audits of Advocates for Youth and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States continue a disturbing trend in which similar scrutiny is not applied to "abstinence-only" programs discouraging all sex before marriage and forbidding discussion of the benefits of birth control or condom use.

Officials in the Bush administration have previously denied any political motivations to the audits.