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May 2008
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Reich Under Your Nose

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]navytron89) From [info]jblaque who put together this story.  But wait there's more at the bottom from me...

(Hat-tip Steven Benen)

Less than a week ago, the World Health Organization released one of the most comprehensive studies to date on reproductive health. Its conclusions were not surprising — the only effective way to reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions is to make contraception widely available.

Five days later, the White House has responded to this reality by naming an opponent of birth control to head the federal government’s family planning office.
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.

Orr will replace Eric Keroack, a doctor who believes the distribution of contraceptives is “demeaning to women,” and who had a history of saying truly nutty things, such as the belief that condoms “offer virtually no protection” against herpes or HPV.

Yeah, I know, we’re talking about the Bush administration. When looking for someone to head up family-planning programs, loyal Bushies aren’t going to put Joycelyn Elders’ resume at the top of the list. I get that. But this is ridiculous. It’s as if the these people are trying to find the most offensive choices possible for public-health posts.

P.S. And they call us sluts...

Okay, here's where I jump in with a follow-up about Dr. Susan Orr and where she gets her creditenials from:  Its seems she got her PhD. from Claremont Graduate University. This is a possible Fundie University on the same level as Regent University. Their affllates read like a who's who of  Fundie/Dominionist  colleges and schools. 

Additionally she's been supported by the Heartland Institute, who while seeming to be a benign group also have been recently viewed with alot of quiries do to their supporters being people like the Concerned Women for America and Pure Life Ministries. Which of course links back to the whole hypocrisy of the religious right meddling in reproductive and sexual rights of others.

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