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Saturday, November 18, 2006

What Do You Get When You Vote for Bush?

Another freak obsessed with controlling women's bodies:
He's a favorite guest speaker at meetings of the National Right to Life Committee. He's on the medical advisory council for the notorious Leslee Unruh's National Abstinence Clearinghouse, whence he expounds on such topics as the physical and emotional consequences of premarital sex.

He teaches that there is a physiological cause for relationship failure and sexual promiscuity -- a hormonal cause-and-effect that can only be short-circuited by sexual abstinence until marriage.
He's the full-time medical director for A Woman's Concern, a chain of Boston area crisis pregnancy centers, where he spreads all the usual lies about abortion and uses ultrasound scans as a tool to influence the decisions of women who might be considering abortion.

He was one of the "experts" who determined that federally funded abstinence education programs must mention contraceptives only in relation to their failure rates and promote abstinence until marriage.

Now, in what has been characterized as a "stealth" appointment by the Bush administration, we hear that Dr. Eric Keroack is set to assume a new post as the deputy assistant secretary for population affairs. The DASPA oversees a number of Health and Human Services programs, including the Office of Family Planning.

Keroack works his heart out for the Christian right. And it appears that, as of Monday morning, he'll be working for us, too.

Last June, Keroack was a featured speaker at the 10th Annual International Abstinence Leadership Conference in Kansas City, where he provided his somewhat unorthodox insights into the role of hormones in relationship failure.

Oxytocin is a hormone whose actions are associated with pregnancy, breastfeeding, and maternal-infant bonding -- and, according to Keroack, it's the tie that binds in marriage, as well. People don't fall in love, but into hormonal bondage. Therefore, the most important rationale for sexual abstinence isn't faith-based at all, but purely physiological. Unfaithful men and promiscuous women are created by misuse of the "emotional glue" of attraction, an abuse leading to a "perpetual cycle of misery."

In his presentation at the 10th Annual Abstinence Leadership Conference in Kansas City earlier this month, Dr. Eric Keroack ... explained that oxytocin is released during positive social interaction, massage, hugs, "trust" encounters, and sexual intercourse. "It promotes bonding by reducing fear and anxiety in social settings, increasing trust and trustworthiness, reducing stress and pain, and decreasing social aggression," he said.


At 11/26/2006 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so just where do unfaithful women and promiscuous men fit into this scheme?

At 11/26/2006 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute, isn't a 'perpetual cycle of misery' the definition of a loveless marraige? Oh yes, I forgot, it's socially acceptable for a woman to trade her lifelong happiness in for a comfortable and materialist lifestyle, only being required to service her husband sexually as he demands, but not to trade a one-time sexual favor for cash. Somehow, the former is considered more moral than the latter, though I'm not sure why.

At 1/28/2007 4:17 PM, Blogger Bridget said...

The saddest part of this entry was that I know exactly what you are talking about. In ninth grade I attended a small, private school which was "in the Catholic tradition" and it featured a complete lesson plan on Oxytocin in our lesson plan. In fact, I only took three things away from my year-long health class - the fact that I must abstain from sex until marriage, abortion is wrong no matter what the case, and homosexuality is evil. It's absolutely disgusting that that type of curriculum is allowed to be taught in a high school, public or private. Needless to say, I switched to a public high school after noly one year.


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