Today, Democratic Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY) Diana DeGette (CO), Nita Lowey (NY), Rosa DeLauro (CT), Lois Capps (CA), Henry Waxman (CA), Jerrold Nadler (NY), and Michael Michaud (ME) wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt urging him to reconsider the appointment of Susan Orr to head the office of family planning. From their letter:
We are deeply disappointed that the Bush Administration, for the second time, has chosen a politically polarizing and unqualified candidate for this appointment. Much like Dr. Eric Keroack, Dr. Orr’s professional background demonstrates an intention by this Administration to undercut the value and importance of family planning services to low-income and uninsured men and women.
In order to ensure that the mission of Title X remains intact, we strongly urge you to reconsider the appointment of Dr. Orr as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs. Americans deserve better.