Five months after his appointment shocked the country, Dr. Erick Keroack, deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, resigned Thursday after telling his staff that Medicaid officials have taken action against his private medical practice in Massachusetts.

It’s all a bit murky, but the good news is that perhaps now someone who actually believes in family planning will be given the reigns to the office and its $283 million budget.

Keroack, as you may recall, was previously the medical director of a Christian pregnancy counseling center in
Massachusetts that regarded birth control as "demeaning to women, degrading of human
sexuality, and adverse to human health and happiness."

Yet he was put in charge of Title X, "the only Federal program devoted solely to
the provision of family planning and reproductive health care."

In a New York Times op-ed published in January, Stacy Schiff listed Keroack’s other job qualifications: "Compare premarital sex to heroin addiction. Advertise a link between
breast cancer and abortion — a link that was refuted in 1997. Rant
against sex ed. And hatch a loony theory about hormones."

That "loony theory" set off our own Elizabeth, who winced "Oh, please" upon reading the details.

Perhaps now there’s a chance to do things right.

"It’s a good day for women’s health, said PPFA President Cecile Richards. "The Bush administration must replace
Keroack with a legitimate, mainstream public health expert who supports
family planning and access to birth control."

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