Friday, November 17, 2006
There They Go Again
The Abstinence (from sex) Brigade * Repugnicans ? DemoGlad by Mark Fiore
Christopher Lee in The Washington Post: "The Bush administration has appointed a new chief of family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services who worked at a Christian pregnancy-counseling organization that regards the distribution of contraceptives as "demeaning to women."
Eric Keroack, medical director for A Woman's Concern, a nonprofit group based in Dorchester, Mass., will become deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the next two weeks, department spokeswoman Christina Pearson said yesterday.
Keroack, an obstetrician-gynecologist, will advise Secretary Mike Leavitt on matters such as reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy. He will oversee $283 million in annual family-planning grants that, according to HHS, are "designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them with priority given to low-income persons."
The appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was the latest provocative personnel move by the White House since Democrats won control of Congress in this month's midterm elections. President Bush last week pushed the Senate to confirm John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations and this week renominated six candidates for appellate court judgeships who have previously been blocked by lawmakers. Democrats said the moves belie Bush's post-election promises of bipartisanship.
The Keroack appointment angered many family-planning advocates, who noted that A Woman's Concern supports sexual abstinence until marriage, opposes contraception and does not distribute information promoting birth control at its six centers in eastern Massachusetts.
The President continues to say "Democrat Party" instead of Democratic Party. Not known whether it is his inability to pronounce the last two letters. His problem with pronounciation of "nuclear" is a fact. What if we start saying "Repugnicans" instead of Republicans?
But for us it is time to be happy and forgiving. Take a look at Mark Fiore's animated strip DemoGlad©. It is guaranteed to make you feel good -- not the Bushies but the rest of us.