Family Planning means No Birth Control.
From an editorial in last Saturday’s Boston Globe:
BY NOW, Americans might expect President Bush to appoint an opponent of abortion to a key public health position in his administration. But to name an opponent of family planning to oversee the nation’s family planning program is perverse even by the standards of a government that doesn’t much believe in government.
Marblehead gynecologist Eric Keroack’s appointment as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the Health and Human Services Department exemplifies the concerns of women’s health advocates who have long warned that the antiabortion movement will not stop at abortion. Dr. Keroack oversees a network of “crisis pregnancy” centers across Massachusetts, where staffers not only try to talk women out of having abortions, but also oppose the use of contraception, even for married couples.
The Washington Post’s editorial on the appointment noted:
To put it simply, the Bush administration’s choice to direct the federal effort to make contraceptives available to low-income women works for a group that doesn’t support using contraception. What comes next — a science adviser who doesn’t believe in evolution?
Well, pretty much.
And unlike the ambassador to the U.N., this position does not have to be confirmed.
Lisa in Pittsburgh