The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is calling on President Bush to withdraw his appointment of Dr. Eric Keroack as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, a post which will leave him heading the Administration's family planning initiatives.
Here are some excerpts from NCJW's statement:
"Dr. Keroack has a track record of dispensing inaccurate and deceptive health information...
"Dr. Keroack has not only stated his own opposition to contraception, he has demonstrated that his personal religious views about sex outweigh his commitment to science-based decision-making...
"In recent weeks, the President has emphasized the need for cooperation to achieve common goals. This appointment flies in the face of such statements and empowers a minority to use tax dollars to impose a narrow religious and ideological agenda on all of us.
"We call upon the administration to rescind Dr. Keroack's appointment and search for another candidate - one committed to the mission of the federal family planning program." (emphasis added)
JTA reports, "Keroack previously headed a chain of pregnancy clinics that advises against contraception and promotes 'abstinence only' contraception."