How bad is Jeff Sessions, his pick for Attorney General? This bad.
His anti-choice record includes:
- Voted against a resolution in support of Roe v. Wade in 1999
- Voted to defund organizations that perform abortions in 2007
- Co-sponsored a bill prohibiting taking minors across state lines for abortion and then voted to increase funding to enforce the in 2008
- Voted in support of a bill notify parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions in 2006
- Voted no on a plan that would have allocated $100 million in federal funding for family planning services that sought to reduce teen pregnancy through education programs and access to contraceptives in 2005
- Voted to ban partial birth abortions, except for cases in which a woman’s life is in danger in 2003
- Voted to maintain a ban on military base abortions in 2000
- Voted to prohibit federal funding for abortions in 2011
There’s a theme running through all of that. I wonder what it is?
How bad is Tom Price, his pick for Health and Human Services? This bad. He belongs to the AAPS, a fringe society of conservative physicians.
Before the big 9/12 rally in Washington, AAPS cosponsored a protest on Capitol Hill with the Tea Party Patriots that AAPS says attracted 1,000 physicians. The organization’s president, Mark Kellen, appeared with Georgia representatives Tom Price and Phil Gingrey—GOP members of the congressional doctors’ caucus—to slam the bill. The group (which did not return calls for comment for this story) has been around since 1943. Some of its former leaders were John Birchers, and its political philosophy comes straight out of Ayn Rand. Its general counsel is Andrew Schlafly, son of the legendary conservative activist Phyllis. The AAPS statement of principles declares that it is “evil” and “immoral” for physicians to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, and its journal is a repository for quackery. Its website features claims that tobacco taxes harm public health and electronic medical records are a form of “data control” like that employed by the East German secret police. An article on the AAPS website speculated that Barack Obama may have won the presidency by hypnotizing voters, especially cohorts known to be susceptible to “neurolinguistic programming”—that is, according to the writer, young people, educated people, and possibly Jews.
Oh jebus. Andrew Schlafly gets mentioned, too, a notorious anti-evolution kook.
I can guess who’s going to be appointed to lead the NIH, if this trend continues.