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« And Now For Something Completely Different The RantsThe State of the Union, According to Us »

Par For (Staying) The Course
2006.11.19 (Sun) 00:15

Thanks to alert reader Bagheera, we were directed to Friday's CNN story on Bush's next political appointment:

The Bush administration, to the consternation of its critics, has picked the medical director of an organization that opposes premarital sex, contraception and abortion to lead the office that oversees federally funded teen pregnancy, family planning and abstinence programs.

Right. Fox, meet henhouse. Hens: run away.

But he can't be all that bad, can he?

[Bush appointee, Eric] Keroack currently is medical director of A Woman's Concern, a Christian nonprofit. The Dorchester, Massachusetts-based organization runs six centers in the state that offer free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and counseling.

It also works to "help women escape the temptation and violence of abortion," according to its statement of faith. And it opposes contraception, saying its use increases out-of-wedlock pregnancy and abortion rates.

Y'know, the first word that comes to our minds when we think "abortion" is quite a long way off from "temptation" — and we're willing to bet that other pro-choice advocates, even those who have had abortions (including people we know quite personally), aren't being "tempted" by the availability of abortions. Yes, there are mindless fuckheads who use it as a sort of after-the-fact birth control, but the abuse of any legitimate medical procedure shouldn't be grounds for criminalizing the procedure itself. Abortion is a hard enough decision already without these zealous asshats piling more shit on top of it.

And contraception "increases out-of-wedlock pregnancy and abortion rates"? What?! What the hell are these dipshits trying to sell? By definition, contraception cannot increase either pregnancy rates or instances of abortion. Lack of proper availability and education when it comes to contraception...now that could lead to more teen pregnancy and more abortions. You can skew poll numbers any which way you like, but it's ludicrous to claim that the use of contraception is responsible for more pregnancies and abortions. Morons. Oh, no...wait — they aren't morons — they're just lying for their faith. Bully for them. We can see the inevitable "harmless" results of their lies now...

A pregnant pause

Sure, laugh now. But these puritannical fuckholes are serious:

"A Woman's Concern is persuaded that the crass commercialization and distribution of birth control is demeaning to women, degrading of human sexuality and adverse to human health and happiness," [A Woman's Concern's] contraception policy reads in part.

Hey, assholes: we feel that legislating their personal choices is demeaning to women, making sex a nasty taboo is degrading of human sexuality, and not educating people on the proper precautions to take when it comes to sexual contact is adverse to human health and happiness. We'll put the logic behind our statements up against your asinine bullshit any day of the week.

"The appointment of anti-birth control, anti-sex education advocate Dr. Eric Keroack to oversee the nation's family planning program is striking proof that the Bush administration remains dramatically out of step with the nation's priorities," Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.

Out of step with the nation's priorities? That's a mild description of BushCo's take on every fucking issue that comes down the pike. But Keroack's appointment is no surprise, coming from an administration that appointed a horse judge to head FEMA, an antisocial isolationist to represent us to the United Nations, a fundamentalist prude and then a torture-defending yes-man as attorney general, a PNAC-founding corporate robber-baron as vice president...why not a rabid anti-abortionist and anti-contraceptionist to head up the federal "family planning" outfit? You know, cronyism is bad enough, but we have to wonder if Bush intentionally orchestrates his appointments so that the buddy who is most ill-suited to the post is chosen. It'd all be pretty funny if these appointments were part of a Saturday Night Live sketch or something, but the fact that these assholes have a direct and potentially far-reaching effect on our country kind of makes the belly laughs stick in our throats a bit.

What fantasy world does Bush live in? Oh yeah — the one where he and his cronies wield imperial control over the world's most powerful and influential nation. The tragic part is that the rest of us are doomed to spend the next two years in that fantasy world, too.

And if you're thinking that the lame-duck Senate can just stall approval of this misqualified hack until the GOP fucks are out of power when they can vote him down permanently, we have some bad news for you: this is one of those appointments that doesn't require Senate approval. So "huzzah" for the Dems taking Congress, but they won't be able to wield their newfound power on this go-around.


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Comments (2)

Akusai, 2006.11.19 (Sun) 04:26 [Link] »

Why do I get the feeling that buddy here is going to push even more that ridiculous new plan where the government advises all unmarried people 29 and younger to abstain from sex? That plan was stupid enough without this asshole in charge.



RR, 2006.11.22 (Wed) 13:59 [Link] »

the government advises all unmarried people 29 and younger to abstain from sex

Sorry, I just find this funny. If you are over 25 and have never had sex, you don't need education on abstinence; you're pretty fucking good at not having sex.




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