Protect Title X’s Family Planning Programs!
Tell Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt that family planning must remain a priority!
President Bush has just appointed Dr. Susan Orr as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (DASPA) in the Department of Health and Human Services. DASPA oversees Title X, the nation’s family planning program, which provides high-quality family planning and preventive health care services to over five million low-income individuals annually.
This appointment raises serious concerns, as Dr. Orr previously served as the Senior Director for Marriage and Family Care at the Family Research Council (FRC), an organization that has advocated for limited access to contraception. She currently serves on the board of directors for Teen Choice, a nonprofit organization which advocates for abstinence in lieu of contraception.
Dr. Orr has spoken out against contraceptive coverage requirements in federal employees’ health insurance. She has said, “…fertility is not a disease. It’s not a medical necessity that you have [contraception].”
Dr. Orr should not be entrusted with the oversight of the federal family planning program and the health of millions of Americans.