Planned Parenthood Lobbies Surgeon General Nominee James Holsinger

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 31, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 31
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — New Surgeon General nominee James Holsinger had his named announced as the candidate to be America’s top doctor just days ago. But Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion business in the nation, is already lobbying him to side with its pro-abortion agenda.

Holsinger is an accomplished physician who has led one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems in Kentucky and the University of Kentucky’s medical center.

He also has taught at several American medical schools, and he served more than three decades in the United States Army Reserve, retiring in 1993 as a Major General.

In nominating Dr. Holsinger for the post, President Bush said he would be responsible for "providing the best scientific information available on how Americans can make smart choices that improve their health and reduce their risk of illness and injury."

But Planned Parenthood wants him to promote their agenda instead and issued a press release saying they want Holsinger to push the morning after pill, which a recent study showed can work as an abortion drug.

They also called on him to push comprehensive sexual education instead of relying on programs that emphasize abstinence to help teenagers avoid pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

"Holsinger is uniquely positioned to promote commonsense health care measures that prevent unintended pregnancy and keep our teens safe and healthy,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said.

Richards also complained that there is not enough funding for family planning services and called on Holsinger to increase it. That’s despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the abortion business current receives from federal and state governments.

However, Holsinger likely won’t take Planned Parenthood’s playbook with him to work once the Senate confirms his nomination. Instead, he has said he will focus on reducing childhood obesity and helping to educate parents about good diet skills.

Richard Carmona is the previous attorney general and his term expired last summer. His highest profile action was releasing a report condemning second-hand smoke.