Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

June-14-07

Bush Nominates Anti-Gay Doctor to Surgeon General Post

President Bush's recent nominee to the position of surgeon general has a history of condemning and criticizing homosexuality, making him "unworthy" of the surgeon general's post, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) asserts. Dr. James W. Holsinger, Jr., who was nominated by Bush in late May, wrote a paper in 1991 to present to the Committee to Study Homosexuality of the United Methodist Church, during a time when the church was considering a formal policy of condoning homosexuality. Titled "Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality," the paper claimed that "the structure and function of the male and female human reproductive systems are fully complementary´┐Ż When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."

Advocacy groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights and other groups, including AIDS Action, strongly oppose Bush's nomination. "Dr. Holsinger has a record that is unworthy of America's doctor," HRC President Joe Solmonese said. "His writings suggest a scientific view rooted in anti-gay beliefs that are incompatible with the job of serving the medical health of all Americans. It is essential that America's top doctor value sound science over anti-gay ideology." funny pictures funny images funny photos funny animal pictures funny dog pictures funny cat pictures funny gifs


Holsinger will likely face a tough confirmation hearing by the Senate. Longtime gay rights advocate Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) chairs the Senate Health Committee, which will conduct the hearing. Three Democratic presidential candidates -- Senators Hillary Clinton (NY), Chris Dodd (CT), and Barack Obama (IL) -- sit on the Health Committee.

Media Resources: HRC statement 6/4/07; ABC News 6/7/07; Bush Nomination Statement 5/24/07; Bay Area Reporter 6/7/07; Washington Post 6/14/07


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

10/24/2014 Thousands of Women in Iran Protest Acid Attacks in Wake of Religious Law - On Wednesday, thousands of Iranians in the historic city of Isfahan gathered to protest recent acid attacks on women. . . .
 
10/24/2014 Potential Ballot Measure in DC Would Raise Minimum Wage to $15 - Low-wage workers in Washington, DC might see a significant increase in their pay, thanks to national labor rights group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC). This month, the DC Board of Elections approved language submitted by a local chapter of ROC to raise the minimum wage in the District to $15/hour by 2019. . . .
 
10/23/2014 All of Tennessee's Major Newspapers Have Urged Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Amendment 1 - All four of Tennessee's major papers have spoken out to oppose Amendment 1, a dangerous anti-abortion measure that will be decided by voters this fall. . . .