Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Bush administration reaches into the septic tank and pulls out another turd

You probably don't know Susan Orr. You probably don't care that the Bush administration just named her acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the US Department of Health and Human Services.

In short, she's responsible for U.S. contraception programs.

So, with that knowledge, take a read of this:
The Department of Health and Human Services appointed Susan Orr — who has spoken out against contraception — to a post responsible for U.S. contraception programs.

Orr, who will be acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, has been directing child welfare programs in another branch of HHS. Prior to joining the Bush administration, Orr was senior director for marriage and family at the Family Research Council, a conservative group that favors abstinence-only education and opposes federal money for contraception.

In 2001, she was quoted in the Washington Post favoring a Bush administration plan to drop a requirement that health insurance plans for federal employees cover a broad range of birth control.

“We’re quite pleased because fertility is not a disease,” she said at the time. “It’s not a medical necessity that you have it.”
Orr is replacing another Bush favourite.
The administration’s last pick for that office drew similar fire. Eric Keroack was criticized by family planning advocates who objected to his earlier work as medical director of a Christian pregnancy counseling organization that opposed distribution of contraceptives. He resigned in March to deal with an allegation by the Massachusetts Medicaid program against his private practice.
I know... stunning, isn't it?

Really, it must take a monumental effort to go to such lengths to prove to the world how stupid an entire administration can be. They must seriously have to work at it.

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