Planned Parenthood Website for Teens Wins 'Best Health' Award

July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM

(CNSNews.com) - An Internet site for teenagers, sponsored by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which promises its readers "Sexuality and relationship info you can trust," is the winner of a "Webby" award for Best Health Web Site for 2002.

Teenwire.com is one of 30 web sites honored recently by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, but the spokesman for one conservative group criticized the website for containing a "whole repertoire of lies."

Established in 1999, teenwire.com answers questions and dispenses advice about sex, birth control, homosexuality, abortion and other topics. In accepting the Webby award for "achievement in technology and creativity," the editors of teenwire.com stated in the standard five-word format, "Sex is complicated - we're easy."

Colorful cartoon images are prominent on the Teenwire.com homepage, along with questions such as: "If a man ejaculates in a swimming pool, can a woman get pregnant from just swimming in the pool?"

One article, by Wayne Grinwis, entitled "Abortion: What if your girlfriend is pregnant?" offers three options for dealing with pregnancy: parenting, adoption, and abortion. The abortion section is more than six times longer than both of the other sections combined.

Teenwire.com also offers advice to kids confused about their sexuality, reminding them that, "it can take years to understand our sexual orientation."

"That is the biggest lie in the whole repertoire of lies -- that being gay is just naturally being who you are," said Peter LaBarbera, senior policy analyst for the Culture and Family Institute (CFI), an affiliate of Concerned Women for America (CWA).

"My fear is that young people come to these web sites and think this info is accurate, that they don't know they're getting amoral information that can lead them into ill health effects," LaBarbera said. "I'm really afraid for the younger generation. Older generations did not have to face this propaganda blitz for perversion, because that's what it is."

The process of determining Webby winners is a lengthy, three-tiered process involving more than 350 judges who are members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, according to the website, webbyawards.com.

Maya Draisin, executive director of the academy, said that "while the specific details of our judging process are not disclosed, like all Webby winners, teenwire is an example of a site that is setting the standards for the medium in the Health Category."

Draisin and Tiffany Shlain, a co-founder of the academy, also wrote the soon-to-be-released pro-abortion film, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, which will be moderated by Dian Harrison, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

According to the Golden Gate website, the film explores "what will happen if we disregard the real and serious threat to a woman's right to choose."