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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Family Planning Secretary (Con't)

The fantastic Professor Ross D. Silverman, Associate Professor and Director Program in Law & Health Policy Department of Medical Humanities, SIU School of Medicine provides a link to some additional information on the President's new appointment to the assistant secretary of population affairs within the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Eric Keroack.  The article states,

On Monday, (Nov. 20th) the federal office that oversees the nation's family-planning program got a new boss who doesn't believe in birth control. Eric Keroack is a Massachusetts obstetrician-gynecologist who argues that abstinence until marriage is the only healthy choice for women. Until recently, he served as medical director of a pregnancy-counseling organization that runs down contraception and gives out scientifically false health information—for instance, that condoms "offer virtually no protection" against herpes or HPV. Keroack also promotes a wacky piece of pseudoscience: the claim that premarital sex disrupts brain chemistry so as to create a physiological barrier to happy marriage.

I cannot wait to see how he plans to implement policies to prevent the disruption of brain chemistry from premarital sex . . . .  if this wasn't an important position, it might be funny.

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