Three quit teen pregnancy panel
Washington — Three prominent conservatives resigned on Thursday from the Reagan administration's Panel on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, charging that it is doing more to promote teenage sex than prevent it. ``They have substituted their own ideology and course of action ... the wholesale distribution of condoms to teen-agers supported by so-called value-free advice about sexuality,'' said Dr. James Dobson.
The three held a press conference to blast the 18-member panel's majority for ignoring its mandate from Health and Human Services Secretary Otis Bowen to develop a plan to encourage teen-agers to avoid sexual intercourse.
The resigning members are Dr. Dobson, founder of Focus on Family, a Pomona, Calif., group and author of a best-selling book, ``Dare to Discipline''; Dr. Terrance Olson, associate dean at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; and William Pierce, president of the National Committee for Adoption.
A spokesman for Dr. Bowen said he would have no comment on the resignations, which resembled a widely publicized rift and protest resignations from a presidential commission on AIDS last year.