Raising Women’s Voices

Health and Human Services appointee – someone to watch

Posted in Reproductive Health Care by raisingwomensvoices on June 9, 2009

Alexia Kelley has been appointed by the Obama administration to serve as director of Faith-based and Community Initiatives in the Department of Health and Human Services. Vanessa at Feministing wrote an article a few days ago about the appointment of Alexia Kelley on the Faith-based and Community Partnerships office under the federal Department of Health and Human Services. This is clearly an appointment that further challenges the Obama administration’s pro-choice stance, and Feministing says it is a dangerous appointment for the pro-choice movement. The Kelley appointment, however right it may be for political capital, is definitely something to watch in the coming years. On the bright side, things could be worse (as always). Kelley doesn’t seem to be a favorite of dear Bill O’Reilly, and she’s done significant work toward supporting health care reform and the rights of the poor. We’ll see, I guess.

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