Bush Administration Appointee Keroack Was Unqualified to Run American's Family Planning Program
Planned Parenthood Demands Legitimate Public Health Expert Be Appointed to Key Women's Health Post
WASHINGTON, DC — Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) the nation's leading reproductive health care advocate and provider, celebrated the news Thursday that anti-birth control advocate Eric Keroack will no longer oversee Title X, the nation’s family planning program. The day he took office, Planned Parenthood launched a massive grassroots campaign against Keroack, rallying a nationwide groundswell of opposition to his appointment.
PPFA President Cecile Richards issued the following statement on the resignation:
“It’s a good day for women’s health. Keroack was unqualified to run the nation’s family planning program. The Bush administration must replace Keroack with a legitimate, mainstream public health expert who supports family planning and access to birth control. More than 17 million women in our country need access to affordable birth control. The nation’s family planning program should be run by a champion for women’s health and safety.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 700 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433
March 29, 2007