Today it was announced that Eric Keroack, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs has resigned!Via Planned Parenthood.
The press statement from the Department of Health and Human Services stated that Keroack's resignation comes in response to action taken against him by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Office of Medicaid.
Planned Parenthood strongly opposed Keroack's appointment to oversee Title X, the nation's family planning program because of his stance as anti-birth control and anti-sex education. Prior to his appointment, Keroack served as the medical director for A Woman's Concern (AWC), a network of so-called "crisis pregnancy health centers" in the greater Boston area. In addition to their strict anti-choice policies, under Dr. Keroack's supervision, AWC health centers did not distribute, encourage the use of, or offer referrals for contraceptive drugs and devices.
PPFA wrote letters to Members of Congress and asked more than three million activists and supporters to petition Secretary Leavitt to rescind Keroack's appointment.
We will continue to keep you updated on further developments.
The statement from the Department of Health and Human Services is pasted below and attached:
STATEMENT BY DR. JOHN O. AGWUNOBI
Assistant Secretary for Health
On the Resignation of Dr. Eric Keroack, Director of the Office of Population Affairs
Yesterday, Dr. Eric Keroack alerted us to an action taken against him by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Office of Medicaid. As a result of this action, I accepted his resignation as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Population Affairs. The Department will move forward as expeditiously as possible to fill this position.
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