Twisted Political Appointment: Birth Control Foe to Run Office on Family Planning

On Monday, Bush appointed Susan Orr to “be acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs.” Talk about your twisted political appointment, Orr, in a “2001 article in The Washington Post, Orr applauded a Bush proposal to stop requiring all health insurance plans for federal employees to cover a broad range of birth control. “We’re quite pleased, because fertility is not a disease,” said Orr, then an official with the Family Research Council.”

Critics panned the appointment last year of Eric Keroack, a physician who worked at a Christian pregnancy-counseling organization that opposed the use of birth control. He resigned in March.

“We have another appointment that just truly politicizes family planning,” said Mary Jane Gallagher, president of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. “The last time I looked, both Republicans and Democrats used contraception in America.”

Here’s some pertinents on the Family Research Council via Jill at Feministe

The Family Research Council, her former place of employment, describes itself as:

The Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.

and its core principles are:

* God exists and is sovereign over all creation. He created human beings in His image. Human life is, therefore, sacred and the right to life is the most fundamental of political rights.
* Life and love are inextricably linked and find their natural expression in the institutions of marriage and the family.
* Government has a duty to promote and protect marriage and family in law and public policy.
* The American system of law and justice was founded on the Judeo-Christian ethic.
* American democracy depends upon a vibrant civil society composed of families, churches, schools, and voluntary associations.

Now that’s all fine and good, but I’m pretty sure I don’t want those values regulating my access to reproductive health care.

Lindsay Beyerstein has a lot more info on Susan Orr here. Read up and then Take Action at Planned Parenthood.

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