Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Meet our new national Family Planner

By Libby
Updated below

Well, since this didn't require Congressional approval, it's not surprising that Bush appointed a new Family Planning czar that doesn't believe in family planning. Well unless you count completely abstaining from sexual intercourse unless you intend to get pregnant, a plan.

Susan Orr, most recently an associate commissioner in the Administration for Children and Families, was appointed Monday to be acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs. She will oversee $283 million in annual grants to provide low-income families and others with contraceptive services, counseling and preventive screenings.

The White House is of course touting her qualifications, which like her disgraceful predecessor include equating the use of birth control pills with murdering babies. She further supports abstinence-only as the sole acceptable education program and her administrative creds include a stint as a professor at Pat Robertson’s Regent University and a directorship with the ultra-right wing fundie group, Family Research Council.

I figure it should take her about six months to set back the progress made in reproductive policies in the last 30 years. Only in Bushamerica...

Update: Daniel DiRito has the top ten reasons Bush made this appointment. My personal favorite is number seven.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous lester said...

on lewrockwells blog he made a point that If you are against teaching birth control or sex ed in schools, you shouldn't want to teach ANYTHING. if it's a parental responsibility why is it okay for teachers to teach your kids abstinence only?

3:41:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It's just too depressing Lester. These people want to go back to the Victorian Age.

4:23:00 PM  
Anonymous rockync said...

Abstinence,yeah, that's been working out great over the last 2000 years. Yeah, let's tell them to just say no. We don't need any more reality tv, we need a HUGE dose of reality! And Lester, you're right, parents need to be teaching their kids about sex, not the schools. I had 4 boys; had the sex talk with each of them and then handed each of them an economy sized box of condoms. My speech was simple; told them there are a lot of complications with sex like disease and pregnancy and being all wrapped up in a relationship. I said I'd rather they waited until they were older, but if they were going to do it, use condoms and stay safe. I've said it time and time again; you cannot and should not legislate morality. In a democratic society people get to choose. I really don't like politicians messing with my democracy.

5:49:00 PM  
Blogger Daniel DiRito said...

See a tongue-in-cheek list of the top ten reasons George Bush appointed Susan Orr...here:

www.thoughttheater.com

6:00:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Brilliant Dan.

Rocky - I just want to go to sleep and not wake up until these people are gone.

6:34:00 PM  

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