Friday, November 17, 2006

New Head of Population Affairs Office Anti-Birth Control

Contraception, abortion foe to head family-planning office

The Bush administration, to the consternation of its critics, has picked the medical director of an organization that opposes premarital sex, contraception and abortion to lead the office that oversees federally funded teen pregnancy, family planning and abstinence programs.
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Keroack currently is medical director of A Woman's Concern, a Christian nonprofit . . .[which] works to "help women escape the temptation and violence of abortion," according to its statement of faith. And it opposes contraception, saying its use increases out-of-wedlock pregnancy and abortion rates.

"A Woman's Concern is persuaded that the crass commercialization and distribution of birth control is demeaning to women, degrading of human sexuality and adverse to human health and happiness," its contraception policy reads in part.
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Keroack's appointment as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs does not require Senate confirmation. He is expected to start work in the next several weeks, Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Christina Pearson said.

I'm speechless.
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this quote from the article sums it up best:

"The appointment of anti-birth control, anti-sex education advocate Dr. Eric Keroack to oversee the nation's family planning program is striking proof that the Bush administration remains dramatically out of step with the nation's priorities," Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.

Amen.

Anonymous said...

This very well may be the scariest news I've heard in a long time. This is the same director that wrote that contraception will lead to increased abortions. Is anyone else as confused by that statement as I am. It just seems like we have taken several giant steps backward. Despite stories of falling populations there is still a huge need for family planning through contraception. This new director is indeed scary.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what he would think if i told him my birth control-vasectomy-guaranteed my wife would never have an abortion. Whether it is permanent or temporary, most educated people should realize that birth control is the alternative to abortion but it is not 100% effective. And regardless of religion or perceived morals-which differ throughout society-abortions will happen legally or illegally to the danger of more women if Bush gets his way and R V. W is overturned