During his tenure as Surgeon General, Koop was not political. He was not ideological. And he was not quiet (like many of his predecessors had been). He saw his position as a platform to speak to the public, and he used it, surprising both the right and the left along the way.
The “scientists” who pursue the myth of post-abortion syndrome are scientists of the most dangerous kind: those who use faulty, manipulated research as a means to a political end.
Perhaps the most fascinating part of this mind-bendingly historic election cycle is that so many conservative Republicans are standing up to say they have had enough. They “aren’t leaving their party,” to paraphrase Ronald Reagan when he supported Barry Goldwater’s conservative movement, “their party is leaving them.”
Dismiss talk of witch-hunters as fringe wing-nuttery at your own risk — public health advocates know better after dealing with witch-doctors and AIDS. The challenge is distinguishing the good witches from the bad.
The Bush Department of Justice broke the law by using “abortion” and “homosexual” as search terms to determine the political leanings of potential employees, further proof of just how far out of the mainstream Bush has steered the nation. The constitution has become an after thought for Bush political hacks.