by Steven Ertelt
April 4, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Dr. Wade Horn, the director of the Bush administration’s abstinence education programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, has announced his departure. Horn, who was unanimously confirmed for the position by the U.S. Senate in 2001, left his post on Monday.
Horn leaves his spot as the Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families to work as a consultant for Deloitte & Touche, an accounting firm.
"It’s been a privilege. How often do you have the opportunity to get up each morning and affect the lives of million of children and families in positive ways," Horn said about his tenure.
He oversaw a strong increase in federal funding of abstinence education under the Bush administration which now exceeds $200 million a year.
His work earned him the praise of Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council.
"We commend him for his unwavering commitment to the intact family and abstinence," Perkins said. "Under his watch, ACF has promoted positive, life-changing programs for adolescents, parents, and married couples."
"His principled leadership will be sorely missed," Perkins added in comments LifeNews.com received.
However, NOW president Kim Gandy, the head of the pro-abortion women’s group, won’t shed any tears at Horn’s departure.
In a press release LifeNews.com obtained, she complained that, under Horn’s guidance, "HHS is actively ensuring that women’s access to contraception, abortion, and other reproductive healthcare is being stripped to nothing."
That’s okay with Perkins and he hopes President Bush will consider someone like Horn when he chooses a new leader for the agency.
"As the administration considers a replacement to fill the big shoes that Wade is leaving behind, we urge the White House to select a person who shares his commitment for putting the family first," Perkins said.