LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government should guarantee parents protection against testifying against their own children, former White House intern and reality TV host Monica Lewinsky says.
In an opinion piece published in Sunday's Los Angeles Times, Lewinsky said it seemed appropriate on Mother's Day to urge Congress to establish a parent-child privilege.
``We have a husband-wife privilege, a doctor-patient privilege, an attorney-client privilege and even a privilege between priest and penitent,'' she wrote.
``Isn't the parent-child relationship every bit as important, if not more so?''
Lewinsky had a sexual relationship with President Clinton and discussed it in 1997 with her friend Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded the talks and handed the tapes over to investigators.
The tapes Tripp gave to then-Independent Counsel Ken Starr led to the perjury and obstruction of justice investigation of Clinton, his impeachment in the House and a Senate trial that acquitted him.
Lewinsky, who now hosts Fox's reality dating show ``Mr. Personality,'' recalled the devastation she felt when her own mother was subpoenaed to testify in the Starr investigation.
``I was horrified and sickened,'' Lewinsky wrote. ``Not unlike many young women, I had confided in my mom - to a certain extent - and expected our conversations to remain between us.''