Thursday :: Oct 18, 2007

Bush Family Planning Appointee Thinks Condoms Are Evil


by Jeff Dinelli

This may be old news to some of you, but in case you missed it, Bush appointed Susan Orr to be the new boss at the federal family planning branch of The Dept. of Health and Human Services (she had previously been heading child welfare programs for HHS, after serving as senior director for marriage and family care at the conservative Family Research Council and was an adjunct professor at Pat Robertson’s Regent University). When you think of family planning you thing of contraception, right? Susan Orr wholeheartedly opposes contraception. Another perfect Bush appointee.

Orr will oversee $283 million in annual grants to provide low-income families and others with contraceptive services, pregnancy tests, counseling and preventive screenings for STD's and HIV.

When the Bush administration planned to drop birth control from federal employees' health insurance plans in 2001, Orr was quoted in the Washington Post saying, "We’re quite pleased because fertility is not a disease...It’s not a medical necessity that you have it." A year earlier she wrote a Weekly Standard article about the same topic: "It’s not about choice," said Orr. "It’s not about health care. It’s about making everyone collaborators with the culture of death."

There you go. Contraception and safe sex dwell within the culture of death.

Mary Jane Gallagher, president of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said in a statement, "We are appalled. While her resume suggests a commitment to child welfare and children, her professional credentials fail to demonstrate a commitment to comprehensive family planning services for all men and women in need."

Bush probably chose Orr for her support of the administration's abstinence-only policies, which have, of course, been a disaster.

Statement on Orr from Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA):

This appointment is absurd. Dr. Orr’s support of unproven abstinence-only programs would in itself raise flags about her commitment to comprehensive family planning for low-income girls and women. But in 2000, Dr. Orr said that requiring insurers to cover family planning supplies and services — a policy that promotes access to contraception in many states and the federal employee health program — is “about making everyone collaborators with the culture of death.” This leaves little doubt about where she has stood on contraception access. […]

I’m no longer surprised by this kind of decision — ideology firmly holds the reins over reproductive health in this White House. But this lack of commitment to comprehensive reproductive health, combined with cramped budgets, is an insult and a disservice to the millions of low-income people who rely on Title X for family planning and preventive health services.

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