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Heather
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Posted this in the blog the other day, but wanted to make sure y'all saw it.

(And yes: in any other administration an oxymoron like this -- like, I don't know, the head of the Beef lobby being vegan, or the person in charge of the economy feeling we should all be trading in cowry shells and stating that anything else is not okay -- would seem strange. So sad we've come to expect this sort of thing at this point.)

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The Bush administration has appointed a new chief of family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who worked at a Christian pregnancy-counseling organization that regards the distribution of contraceptives as "demeaning to women."

Eric Keroack, medical director for A Woman's Concern, a nonprofit group based in Dorchester, Mass., will become deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the next two weeks, department spokeswoman Christina Pearson said yesterday.

Keroack, an obstetrician-gynecologist, will advise Secretary Mike Leavitt on matters such as reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy. He will oversee $283 million in annual family-planning grants that, according to HHS, are "designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them with priority given to low-income persons."

The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was the latest provocative personnel move by the White House since Democrats won control of Congress in this month's midterm elections. President Bush last week pushed the Senate to confirm John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations and this week renominated six candidates for appellate court judgeships who have previously been blocked by lawmakers. Democrats said the moves belie Bush's post-election promises of bipartisanship.

The Keroack appointment angered many family-planning advocates, who noted that A Woman's Concern supports sexual abstinence until marriage, opposes contraception and does not distribute information promoting birth control at its six centers in eastern Massachusetts.

"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," the group's Web site says. (More here at The Washington Post.)

There are some other links on the blog post, including links to information such as Keroack stating (completely fallacious non-science) things like that "promiscuous women are unable to form lasting relationships because they have used up all of their "bonding" hormones on casual sex," and that" distribution of birth control is demeaning to women, degrading of human sexuality and adverse to human health and happiness."

This is a big deal for the obvious reasons -- the family planning department is supposed to help with programs like Title X, which include getting birth control available to women -- but also because it seems likely Bush was grandstanding to show that the new congress can't keep him from doing what he wants: Congress doesn't get a vote on appointments like this.

There is a petition at NOW against his appointment here, and you can also just write the white house directly.

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ahh jebus...

(I wonder if the Prez uses birth control, or if he's just invirile...)

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oh my goodness, this is soooo scary.

Can I sign the petition even if I live in Canada?

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Heather
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Totally.

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Oh good.

It's signed and sent now.

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Oh good Lord, I think I'm going to throw up.

I hate this administration. So much.

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What the hell?? I mean, give me a break, do we have to keep taking such huge steps backward? How do these conservative, small minded, aging white guys keep getting into power? It is so oxymoronic!!! I signed the petition and sent it to others to sign. We can't turn our backs for a moment...even in the US.
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Given that he's a man who heads an organization called "A Woman's Concern," I guess this fellow is well practiced in oxymorons.
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Heather
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quote:
We can't turn our backs for a moment...even in the US.
I'm afraid that when it comes to reproductive rights and this adminstration, we're clearly at the point where it's not "even in the US," but ESPECIALLY in the US.

I wish I could say that's tragic, but really, we don't have a great history when it comes to women's issues and the treatment of women (think about the torture some of the suffragettes had to endure, for instance, just to get the simple right to vote). Certainly better than in some areas, but there are nations where it's always been worlds better then here. Hell, we still can't even get the bloody ERA passed. [Frown]

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