Dr. Phil Urged to End Ties to Pro-Abortion Groups

Douglas R. Scott, president of Life Decisions International (LDI), today called on Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D., to stop using his fame to prop up pro-abortion groups. McGraw’s opinion about abortion is unclear, but he touts Planned Parenthood as a trustworthy, independent resource on issues relating to sexuality.
In a recently broadcast episode of “Dr. Phil,” two guests (viewers of the program) expressed opposing views on distributing condoms in schools. McGraw asked the guest who opposed distribution if she was persuaded by the argument that “kids are going to do it [have sex] anyway?”
The guest said she knows some kids will have sex no matter what, but distributing condoms in schools “does not reduce pregnancy or STD rates…” McGraw responded: “That is absolutely not true. It is on the decline. Unwanted pregnancy is on the decline.” The guest said this is because of abstinence programs. McGraw threw so-called facts into the debate:
The fact is that the research does not support what you’re saying. If you look at the massive studies that are nationwide, if you look at the Planned Parenthood studies, the fact of the matter is that kids who go through a thorough sex education program of which making condoms available with some anonymity…that kids do use them when they have them. And they don’t necessarily have sex sooner. They don’t have sex more often. They don’t have more sexual partners when they’re involved in a sex education program that involves instruction and availability of condoms.

Scott said McGraw’s response has an effect in three ways: “First, it makes McGraw look like he knows more about the subject than he actually does because he has an emphatic style, which is typical Dr. Phil deception. A doctorate does not make one an authority in every discipline and McGraw should stop masquerading as such. Second, it advertises and legitimizes Planned Parenthood. Third, it peddles the group as an agenda-free, independent research agency. Planned Parenthood ‘studies’ (actually conducted by its Alan Guttmacher Institute [AGI] affiliate) are usually long on opinion and short on ‘study.'” McGraw had more to say, which he labeled “truth”:
The truth is, every clinical study that’s been done has shown that kids that do go through a thorough sex education program have used them, not 100 percent of the time, but darn close in the ensuing year, and pregnancy in those schools went down. You have to look at the evidence. You have to look at the results. Everybody says, “We should teach abstinence.” No question, absolutely we should teach abstinence, but abstinence programs are not successful.

“‘Every clinical study’?” Scott asked “Studies done by whom? And how? All were ‘clinical studies? And if abstinence programs are unsuccessful, why teach it?” Scott said that “just like Planned Parenthood, McGraw’s claims about abstinence programs are bogus.”
In another episode, McGraw chastised the parents of a 15-year-old who were against putting their daughter on birth control: “I cannot believe the naïveté with which I hear you guys [the parents] responding…I think you have no choice; I think you have to put this girl on birth control . . .The question is not if you put her on it, the question is when you put her on it.”
A page on McGraw’s website, headed “Know the Facts About Teens and Sex,” lists several statistics:
— one-tenth of 13-year-olds have had intercourse; half of teenagers had sex before 10th grade;
— one-fifth become pregnant during high school;
— half don’t believe oral sex is sex;
— two-thirds of all “young adults” become sexually active before finishing high school.

“These ‘facts’ are nothing more than self-sustaining Planned Parenthood drivel,” Scott said. “Every one of the ‘statistics,’ without exception, is misleading. Trusting AGI on sex is like trusting Phillip Morris on smoking.”
Scott said McGraw has entered into an alliance with the pro-abortion Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) that will send 100 percent of the funds raised by the Dr. Phil Foundation to the group. But McGraw is not the first “celebrity” to embrace its agenda. CDF received enormous publicity due to the passionate involvement of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.
“Not every CDF program is intrinsically destructive to children. Not every Planned Parenthood project is intrinsically destructive to children,” Scott said. “But everything these groups do, no matter how small or innocuous on the surface, promotes an agenda. And that agenda is unquestionably destructive to children.” Scott concluded: “Some may choose Dr. Phil and his clever one-liner approach to problem-solving, but we’ll stick with the wisdom of people like Dr. [James] Dobson, thank you.”
For the full story: http://www.fightpp.org/downloads/pubs/September-October%20-%20ws.pdf
Life Decisions International (LDI) is dedicated to challenging the Culture of Death, concentrating on exposing and fighting the agenda of Planned Parenthood. LDI’s chief project is a boycott of corporations that fund the abortion-committing giant. To learn more about Planned Parenthood, please visit: http://www.fightpp.org/show.cfm?page=wrong

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