Jen Jorczak

Shocker: former Surgeon General felt political pressure

Filed By Jen Jorczak | July 11, 2007 11:20 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Bush administration, James Holsinger, Richard Carmona, US Surgeon General

As the Senate preps for confirmation hearings on his anti-gay would-be successor, former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona tells Congress:

The administration... would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues. Top officials delayed for years and tried to "water down" a landmark report on secondhand smoke... he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches... And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization's longtime ties to a "prominent family" that he refused to name.

The fact that this administration places politics over science and public health should come as no surprise to anyone who's been paying any attention over the last few years, but the dig at the Special Olympics is especially small. "Compassionate Conservative," indeed.

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