Dr. Phil Promoting Homosexuality and Abortion Groups

LOS ANGELES, October 19, 2005 ( – Christian groups are calling on the popular television psychologist Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D, a.k.a. Dr. Phil, to stop promoting Planned Parenthood and the homosexual lifestyle.

McGraw touts Planned Parenthood as a trustworthy, independent resource on issues relating to sexuality, as evidenced by a recent broadcast in which he challenges a guest who asserts that abstinence is the true reason for the falling U.S. teenage pregnancy rate.

“The fact is that the research does not support what you’re saying,” Dr. Phil claimed. “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.”

Douglas R. Scott, president of Life Decisions International (LDI), said McGraw’s response has three effects: “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.’”

Dr. Phil goes on to claim that “every clinical study” supports the view that sex education that promotes the so-called safe-sex message has been successful at curbing teenage pregnancy rates. “Every clinical study?” Scott retorted. ““Studies done by whom? And how? All were ‘clinical studies?’” Scott said that “just like Planned Parenthood, McGraw’s claims about abstinence programs are bogus.”

“Trusting AGI on sex is like trusting Phillip Morris on smoking,” Scott asserts.

Dr. Phil also promotes homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. Continuing in his authoritative but questionable vein, Dr. Phil, on another show, claimed that “Homosexuality is not a learned behavior. A sexual orientation is inherited; you are wired that way,” he added.

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