20 November 2006

Eric Keroack--it gets worse

In my post below, I wrote about Bush's nomination of Eric Keroack to head the Department of Health and Human Services Family Planning Division. (This is the Federal agency that oversees contraception programs for poor women.)

Keroack's position on contraception, if one wants to call it that, is bizarre and certainly calls into question his ability to do the job properly. But now Andrew Sullivan has a link to a PDF of a powerpoint presentation Keroack regularly gave. The presentation calls premarital sex "germ warfare" and also claims that premarital sex is addictive and acts like an opiate on the brain.

This is a deeply unhealthy attitude towards human sexuality. Adult Americans should be free to make their own choices about their sexuality without government interference--yet this pitiful excuse for a medical doctor peddles fear and misinformation and is about to use our tax dollars to continue his crusade.

Where's the outrage?

If you need more reasons to oppose Keroack and his message, you need only read this Washington Post commentary. Key point? A HHS spokeswoman was unable to confirm whether or not Keroack would prescribe oral contraceptives to unmarried women. What Americans don't need are doctors with federal dollars telling them what to do with their bodies and making moral judgments about their medical decisions.



At Tuesday, November 28, 2006 11:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. No comments. I've been waiting to read some outrage! I wonder if the majority of your readers are so young that they take birth control and abortion/choice for granted, with no memory of the (bad) old days? That's a scary thought. Mammamoo

At Tuesday, November 28, 2006 3:42:00 PM, Blogger Bardiac said...

Or we're worn out worrying about so much... war, lack of available choice even though it's legal, etc?

At Tuesday, November 28, 2006 3:54:00 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Bardiac has a point. I thought I had an endless fount of outrage within me, but lately I've just been exhausted. There is so much to be outraged about. Keroack just piqued my interest since his nomination was something of a post-election gauntlet thrown in the face of the voting public by the Bush administration.

At Saturday, January 06, 2007 9:24:00 AM, Anonymous Jenn said...

It's things like this that make me want to stay abroad forever. Not that it makes it any better, but blah. Just blah.

At Saturday, April 28, 2007 10:17:00 PM, Blogger blake said...

I was searching through your blog archives and saw this; it made me smile (and it made me angry). One wonders when the pro-choice outrage will come. Just this past week, the Supreme Court upheld a federal abortion ban, a move that will only mean bad things for women's health and individual privacy. It is also the first step toward the Christian Right's ultimate goal: overturning Roe. The legal logic of abortion rights is slowly being undermined, and it is a very scary thing.

This blog reminded me how important it is for those of us who care about reproductive freedom to be vocal and active. After reading this blog, I wrote and sent several letters to my elected officials reminding them that I will not vote for a candidate who does not support women's health and the right to choose. Thanks for the reminder.


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