Bush Replaces Medical Associations with Pro-Life Orgs as Delegates to World Health Assembly

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), headed by virulently anti-choice Bush appointee Tommy Thompson, announced that it will send representatives from the International Right to Life Federation, and the conservative Family Research Council and National Law Center for Children and Families to this week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva. Professional medical associations like the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) have been excluded from this Assembly for the first time in several administrations. Government officials who have worked in both the Clinton and Bush administrations have strong criticism for this decision to send non-medical ideological organizations to the health-focused conference. The Geneva meeting will have representatives from 191 countries to discuss global health issues, including the AIDS pandemic and strengthening global health systems.


Washington Post, Kaiser Daily Health Report

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