Members of Congress Call for Removal of Keroack

A group of 110 members of Congress, including three Republicans, sent a letter to President Bush at the end of December calling for the removal of Eric Keroack from his position as assistant secretary of the Office of Population Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this position, Dr. Keroack, previously the medical director for a group of anti-choice, anti-contraceptive crisis pregnancy centers, will advise the Secretary of HHS on issues relating to reproductive health and adolescent pregnancy. Keroack will also administer Title X funds, which provide family planning services to low-income women.

The Congressional letter, led by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), called the appointment of Keroack “a horrendous mistake for the safety of women’s health in the United States.” “If the Administration wanted to continue delivering setback after setback to the success of family planning, they could not have been more clear in their choice of Dr. Eric Keroack to head Population Affairs,” said Rep. Crowley.

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Congressional letter 12/21/06; Rep. Crowley press release 12/22/06; Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report 12/22/06; Reuters 12/20/06

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