On Tuesday, USA Today published a story by Sharon Jayson that revealed that the US Department of Health and Human Services is now telling states that they can get grant money for abstinence-promotion programs targeting single people up to the age of 29. The story brought widespread ridicule on HHS — why, critics asked, would the government dedicate millions of dollars to promoting abstinence among people who are grown adults?
Now, HHS is lashing out at Jayson. Wade Horn, assistant secretary of children and families for HHS (who was quoted in Jayson’s article) told PRWeek that “It’s very interesting how one very bad, incompetent reporter for the USA Today managed to get a front page story, and getting the story wrong has generated so many press calls.”
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