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US Medical Association Opposes Surgeon General Nominee

For Immediate Release
July 20,  2007

Ann McCall
(202) 466-3825 (office) 

Washington, DC—The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), representing over 11,000 health care providers, researchers, educators, and advocates in the reproductive health field, announced today its opposition to the nomination of James Holsinger, Jr., MD, as US surgeon general.

“Dr. Holsinger’s commitment to women’s health and safety is unclear, and his record of selective or inappropriate interpretation of scientific evidence—particularly regarding HIV/AIDS and homosexuality—is troubling,” said Wayne C. Shields, ARHP president and CEO. “Holsinger’s views are outside of the mainstream and run counter to the standards necessary for an effective surgeon general.”

“The US surgeon general is tasked with protecting and advancing the health of all Americans through educating the public and advocating for effective disease prevention and health promotion programs and activities. In order to fulfill this responsibility, their commitment to the science must be unwavering,” said Shields. “Based on Dr. Holsinger’s record, we are concerned that his ideological views will interfere with his ability to objectively promote policies based on the best available scientific evidence.”


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