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Monday, August 16, 2004  

Docs running for Congress take us back to the dark ages

watch out for the gay agenda!

So, Dr. Tom Coburn, MD, an Ob-Gyn doc and former member of the US House of Representatives, is trying to take us back, waaaaaaay back. Some quotes from an article in the Oklahoma Gazette:

One of Coburn’s key concerns (one might say obsessions) is his vow to make abortion illegal, even in cases of rape. So strong are the feelings of this obstetrician-gynecologist that he recently told an AP reporter, “I favor the death penalty for abortionists and other people who take life.”

Executing doctors who perform legal abortions? He later clarified his remark saying, “… I was not referring to current law.”

And Coburn on the "gay agenda" and his crusade against gays:
Last year to the Rogers County Republicans he said, “… The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power. ... That agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today. Why do you think we see the rationalization for abortion and multiple sexual partners? That’s a gay agenda.”
But then again, he isn't the only one running an anti-gay crusade -- The Daily Show has a hilarious segment about a guy in Florida running as the "friendly republican" who thinks that lesbians are encroaching on his right to play pool, and the gay agenda has gone way too far. There's a great Samantha Bee interview with him -- it cracked me up, check it out!

Back to the original post -- I'm waiting for some of my progressive young doc friends to start their campaigns and bring some dignity back to physicians running on real issues of social justice in the U.S.

posted by Anjali Taneja | 8/16/2004 04:58:00 PM | |


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