GOP Lawmaker Balks at Kinsey Sex Study Funding; NIH Has Given $263,038 in Research Grants during Past Five Years

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GOP Lawmaker Balks at Kinsey Sex Study Funding; NIH Has Given $263,038 in Research Grants during Past Five Years


Byline: Robert Stacy McCain, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A division of the National Institutes of Health gave $263,038 in research grants to the Kinsey Institute during the past five years, congressional investigators have learned.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development disclosed its grants to the Kinsey Institute in a letter to Rep. Mark Souder, Indiana Republican and chairman of the Government Reform subcommittee on criminal justice, drug policy and human resources.

The Kinsey Institute's founder, the late Alfred Kinsey, had been criticized for using information collected from child molesters in his famous "Kinsey Reports" on human sexuality.

"Kinsey and his associates, at the very least, encouraged the rape and molestation of children under the guise of 'science,' " Mr. Souder said in a statement. "I would hope that an institute dedicated to child health would be primarily focused on protecting children from sexual abuse, a mission inconsistent in my opinion with providing support for any institution built upon Kinsey's hideous legacy."

Mr. Souder and other House Republicans repeatedly have criticized NIH-funded sex research in recent months:

c Last December, a $147,000 grant for a Northwestern University study of women's sexual arousal was called "disgusting" by Rep. Dave Weldon, Florida Republican. Women were paid as much as $75 to "watch a series of commercially available film clips, some of which will be sexually explicit, while we monitor your body's sexual arousal," according to a flyer seeking volunteers for the study led by psychology professor J. Michael Bailey.

c In May, staff from Mr. Souder's committee asked Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson to explain a $137,000 NICHD grant for a three-year study to "provide the most comprehensive picture to date of the sexual behavior of aging men. …

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