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Friday, March 30, 2007

Another One Bites the Dust

Received this piece of excellent news in my email today, from Planned Parenthood:

"Dear Lisa,

Anti-birth control advocate Eric Keroack will no longer oversee Title X, the nation’s family planning program! The day he took office, Planned Parenthood launched a massive grassroots campaign against Keroack, rallying a nationwide groundswell of opposition to his appointment. PPFA President Cecile Richards issued the following statement on the resignation:

It’s a good day for women’s health. Keroack was unqualified to run the nation’s family planning program. The Bush administration must replace Keroack with a legitimate, mainstream public health expert who supports family planning and access to birth control. More than 17 million women in our country need access to affordable birth control. The nation’s family planning program should be run by a champion for women’s health and safety."

Saying Eric Keroack was unqualified to run the nation's family planning program is a bit like saying Jenna Bush is unqualified to play lead trumpet in the NY Philharmonic. At the time of his appointment he wasn't even certified as an ob/gyn. He didn't believe in contraception, an odd position to take considering he was overseeing the federal program devoted entirely to family planning and reproductive health. He also made the fanciful claim that premarital sex with multiple partners hurts a person's ability to forge successful long-term relationships:

"People who have misused their sexual faculty and become bonded to multiple persons will diminish the power of oxytocin to maintain a permanent bond with an individual.”

Hmmm...and you say global warming claims are based on junk science, Mr. President?

Whatever. He resigned today, although it seems more for legal reasons than pressure from family planning groups like PP. The Washington Post reports that he has resigned because of legal action taken against his medical practice by Massachusetts' Office of Medicaid. When Medicaid is involved, it usually means fraud. So not only is Dr. Keroack incompetent, he's probably also a crook.

But, he sure fit right in with the rest of the Bush crowd, didn't he?

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