Skip to comments.Bush Appointment Angers Family Planning Group
Posted on 11/17/2006 2:09:41 PM PST by kiriath_jearim
WASHINGTON -- 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.
The appointment of Eric Keroack, a Marblehead, Mass. obstetrician and gynecologist, to oversee the federal Office of Population Affairs and its $283 million annual budget has angered family-planning advocates.
Keroack currently is medical director of A Woman's Concern, a Christian nonprofit. The Dorchester, Mass.-based organization runs six centers in the state that offer free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and counseling. It also 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.
"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.
A message left with A Woman's Concern was not immediately returned Friday.
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.
The department's assistant secretary for health, Dr. John Agwunobi, cited Keroack's experience in working primarily with "women and girls in crisis" in lauding his appointment.
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sounds like the perfect candidate.
But some freepers are insisting that President Bush is not a conservative at all. This article must be a lie (extreme sarcasm).
You read my mind. Great post.
It sounds like he made a good appointment to me.
This group has an anual $283 million dollar a year budget? Why?
What's wrong with a few abortions among friends?
To: Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Nobody human, cares what you genocidal death pigs
think, or are angry about.
You evil, subhuman, pig beasts.
The ones who will survive, as all those
who follow your pig beast ways...die.
...its $283 million annual budget...
Isn't it funny how a group that advocates ripping family members into bits and pieces calls itself "Planned Parenthood."
Kind of like calling my shotgun a fertilizer-producer. Geez, some people really have no shame....
Will Casey Jr. support President Bush in nominating this pro Life Individual?
Curious, what would the budget be if Bush were a "true Conservative", in your opinion?
Good. To give him credit, Bush has done his best to put social conservatives in at the UN and other "family planning" hotspots.
The Dems want to use taxpayer funding to exterminate people deemed excess population, a cause strongly supported by both clintons but resisted by Bush since his first day in office.
Thank you Mr. President.
May God bless you Mr. President, and may God bless America.
SB, the President cannot dismantle a legislated and budgeted arm of the executive branch, whatever he wishes. That must be done via the legislative branch (e.g., Reagan and the Dept. of Education).
President Bush has always been a STRONG advocate for life, especially the unborn! I wish Planned Parenthood could be destroyed as they have destroyed millions of lives!