NIH director disturbed by anti gay group’s distortions

Statement from NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., in Response to the American College of Pediatricians

April 15, 2010

“It is disturbing for me to see special interest groups distort my scientific observations to make a point against homosexuality. The American College of Pediatricians pulled language out of context from a book I wrote in 2006 to support an ideology that can cause unnecessary anguish and encourage prejudice. The information they present is misleading and incorrect, and it is particularly troubling that they are distributing it in a way that will confuse school children and their parents.”

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.


The American College of Pediatrics is not a division or branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Collins is the second researcher in the span of four days to charge the American College of Pediatricians of serious and willful distortions.

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