>>Alma L. Golden, M.D.
>>W. David Hager, M.D.
>>Eric Keroack, M.D.
>>John M. Klink
>>Rev. Herbert H. Lusk, Jr.
Tom Coburn: to co-chair the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Coburn, a Republican former U.S. representative from Oklahoma (elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2004), is a vocal opponent of family planning and other reproductive health services, and has said he would "challenge the national focus on condom use for preventing the spread of [HIV]." Coburn resigned his seat on the panel when elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2004.
Alma L. Golden, M.D.: as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA) to oversee a range of reproductive health programs, including abstinence-only-until-marriage and the Title X family planning programs (see Title X). With support from a federal grant, Dr. Golden served as medical director for S.A.G.E. Advice, a program that trains physicians in techniques encouraging health risk avoidance and delay of sexual activity until marriage for preadolescents through young adults. Typical of the training is this directive: "I'm glad you haven't started having sex. Waiting until marriage allows you to avoid STDs, pregnancy, and a broken heart." An additional sexual-risk avoidance tip Dr. Golden suggests is one that worked for her: Her father gave her flying lessons so she could expend her thrill-seeking enthusiasm in the air. Golden resigned from office and was later replaced by Eric Keroack.
W. David Hager, M.D.: named to the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) December 24, 2002 and, despite intense public opposition, asked to serve another year in June 2004. Before joining the Committee, Hager, who served on the Physicians Resource Council of Focus on the Family, had assisted the Christian Medical Association in a "citizen's petition" calling on the FDA to reverse itself on mifepristone (RU 486). He refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women, endorses the medically inaccurate assertion that emergency contraception causes abortions, and advises women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome to seek help by reading the Bible and praying. In January 2004, Hager was one of only four panel members who voted against the approval of a petition for over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive Plan B—all 24 other members voted in favor of the recommendation. On May 6, 2004, the FDA denied the petition to make Plan B over the counter, rejecting the advice of its own expert panel. At a speech delivered at Asbury College in October 2004, Hager explained his involvement in the FDA's decision thus: "I was asked to write a minority opinion that was sent to the commissioner of the FDA...Now the opinion I wrote was not from an evangelical Christian perspective...But I argued it from a scientific perspective, and God took that information, and He used it through this minority report to influence the decision." Selections from Hager's Asbury College speech were brought to light in an exposé published in The Nation in May 2005. The same article contained allegations by Hager's ex-wife that Hager repeatedly sexually assaulted her while they were married. Click here to read the full article. Hager chose to not be reappointed to the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee and so ended his term on June 30, 2005.
Eric Keroack, M.D.: as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA). To the surprise of many that anticipated a more balanced approach to governing following the 2006 elections, the White House named Eric Keroack, MD to head government Title X programs that provide contraceptives, family planning, and other reproductive health services to lower income individuals in every state. Keroack, an ardent anti-choice Ob-Gyn, opposes much of the mission of Title X and his career has been dedicated to promoting flawed abstinence-only programs, which have enjoyed federal support of more than $1 billion. He serves on the Medical Advisory Council for the Abstinence Clearinghouse and is a member of the Federal Expert Panel commissioned to define the guidelines for most governmental funding of abstinence education in our public schools-programs that have grown over recent years and have yet to be proven effective. In fact, a recent government report concludes that federally-funded programs do not always contain medically-accurate information. Keroack was the Medical Director of A Woman's Concern crisis pregnancy centers, an organization that opposes contraception and does not distribute information promoting birth control at any of its six centers. Its website states, "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." Unfortunately, Dr. Keroack's clinics seem to be unaware that Title X programs have—among other things benefiting women—enabled them to avoid one million unintended pregnancies every year, which leads to fewer abortions as well. This position does not require a confirmation from the Senate, and Keroack began work in December 2006. The Massachusetts Office of Medicaid filed an action against Keroack in March and as a result, Keroack resigned from this position on March 28, 2007.
John M. Klink: considered for the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, over the objections of Secretary of State Colin Powell. Klink served as core strategist and representative for the Vatican at the UN from 1994-2000. While serving on the Vatican's delegations to major UN meetings, Klink opposed the distribution and promotion of condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. He argued that parental rights supercede the best interests of the child, even when parents are abusive. He spoke out against reproductive health services for refugee women—arguably the most vulnerable people in the world-even when they are victims of rape. After months of controversy, including revelation of his positions against sexual and reproductive health and rights, Klink withdrew his name from consideration in early October of 2001. The Administration nonetheless appointed him to the U.S. delegations for the UN Special Session on Children, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (see ICPD, above), at a cost to taxpayers of more than $40,000
Rev. Herbert H. Lusk, Jr.: to the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), a body established during the Clinton administration to provide policy recommendations on the U.S. government's response to HIV/AIDS. Former running back for the Philadelphia Eagles and current pastor of Philadelphia's Greater Exodus Baptist Church, Lusk is a longtime supporter of President Bush; offering public endorsements in 2000 and 2004. Although Lusk's appointment to PACHA will allow him to influence U.S. HIV/AIDS policies both domestically and internationally, he has little to no experience in HIV/AIDS policy and programming. In 2003 he founded "Stand for Africa" to rally support for Christian organizations in Africa providing treatment for HIV/AIDS, but to date, the organization's activities remain unclear. Lusk has been much more vocal on gay rights (he supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and opposes gay and lesbian couples' right to adopt), abstinence-only-until-marriage programs (he is a strong supporter of such programs, despite the lack of any evidence of their effectiveness), and increased government funding for faith-based organizations (his own organization, People for People, has received over $1 million in grants under the Bush administration's Faith Based Initiative). In articulating his opposition to gay marriage during a January 2006 rally in support of the nomination of current Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Lusk cautioned, "My friends, don't fool with the church because the church has buried a million critics. And those the church has not buried, the church has made funeral arrangement for."
Joe McIlhaney: to the President's Advisory Board on HIV/AIDS. McIlhaney is the head of the Medical Institute for Sexual Health, and he opposes comprehensive sexuality education as an effective strategy for preventing STDs and unwanted pregnancy.