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Director Of Child Health, Alan Guttmacher

Somehow this almost slipped by us, having been discreetly buried in the ‘Science’ section of an New York Times:

Child Health Director Has Background in Genetics

By CLAUDIA DREIFUS

April 26, 2010

Dr. Alan Guttmacher, a Harvard-trained geneticist and pediatrician, is the new acting director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the federal agency that finances research into child and maternal health. Dr. Guttmacher, 60, previously worked with Francis Collins on the Human Genome Project and then as the deputy director of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. We spoke for three hours in his Bethesda, Md., offices and then later by telephone. An edited version of the conversations follows.

Q. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A PHYSICIAN?   

A. I grew up among doctors. My father was a forensic psychiatrist. His patients included Al Capone and Jack Ruby. My mother is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Three of my father’s four children went into medicine. And my father’s twin brother, Alan Guttmacher, was a famous obstetrician-gynecologist. It was all over the family.

When I was still a young man, both my father and my uncle died of leukemia, and that really put me off to the idea of a medical career. I thought, “Spending a life in medicine means watching patients die, again and again. Who would want this?” Eventually, though, I chose pediatrics because there you get to see the kids grow. In most cases, if you can fend off bad things for long enough, the kids will do fine.

Q. YOUR UNCLE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND A TOWERING FIGURE IN THE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS MOVEMENT. HAS THERE BEEN ANY CRITICISM OF APPOINTING ANYONE NAMED ALAN GUTTMACHER TO THIS POST?   

A. I have not been aware of any. The name does stand for something. Planned Parenthood was more of a social movement until my uncle said, “If we’re making all these decisions, we need to make sure that it is backed up by good scientific information.” So he started the think tank that became known as the Guttmacher Institute. One finds that people know the name primarily because of that. But people on both sides of the abortion debate tend to use their data as the reliable data. So, to some degree, my appointment has been less controversial than some might think.

Q. HOW DID YOU GET YOUR UNCLE’S NAME?   

A. He and my father were twins. All of Alan Guttmacher’s children were girls. So my father made this gesture. They were incredibly close.

Q. YOUR INSTITUTE FINANCES CONTRACEPTIVE RESEARCH. IS THERE MUCH NEW WORK HAPPENING IN THIS AREA?   

A. I think so. For 2009, N.I.C.H.D.’s funding for research on reproductive health totaled more than $254 million. We’ve been supporting a number of studies on the basic biology of ovulation. Understanding ovulation may lead to knowledge about why it sometimes fails to take place. That could eventually lead to fertility treatments or new ways to halt ovulation.

Also, we’ve been funding research into contraception for men. N.I.C.H.D. has supported research targeting ion channels to interfere with sperm motility. There are other projects on temporarily shutting down sperm production in the testes. Still yet another project is attempting to interfere with the sperm’s ability to find the egg.

Something currently in clinical trials involves shutting down sperm production. Unfortunately, the method also shuts down testosterone production. So you’d have to get replacement hormones. Would a significant number of men be willing to go to their doctors every few months for testosterone shots or implants? And will manufacturers be convinced that enough men would do that, to make it worth their while? Time will tell…

Notice that Mr. Guttmacher is proud of his uncle and, more importantly, believes that the Guttmacher Institute, which is just the ‘research arm’ of Planned Parenthood, produces “reliable data.”

Presumably, Mr. Guttmacher himself will use Planned Parenthood’s “reliable data” (such as this) to justify and implement national policies affecting the health of children and mothers.

By the way, where is the outrage from the supposedly intolerant right? We haven’t heard one peep about this appointment.

Imagine the outcry if someone similarly related to a major ‘pro-life’ figure were to be put in this position. It’s impossible to imagine, of course — because such a thing would never be allowed to happen.

It would be unthinkable.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Director Of Child Health, Alan Guttmacher”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I find it odd that he states; “Three of my father’s four children went into medicine.” Instead of saying two of my siblings and I went into medicine or I and a sister and one of my brothers or something along those lines.

    Were his parents married? Did they live together or did his father sire four children with different women?

    It just seems a bit funny. I’d really like to know since this guy is going to be making policy for the nation’s kids.

  2. proreason says:

    “where is the outrage from the supposedly intolerant right”

    When there are 5 cruise missels fired at you every day, defending against subversives crawling under the wire on their bellies falls by the wayside.

    The man is just another example of the cloward-piven strategy in action.

    “Flood the bureaucracy with your agents of destruction. They’ll never find them all”.

    The well-meaning fool, Michael Medved, argued the other day that Obama has done nothing that Hillary wouldn’t have done. But there is no reason at all to believe that the Hildabeast, as odious as she is, would flood the system with traiterous appointees like this guy. On a scale of 1 to 10, she would have been a 10. Obama is a 1,000,000,000.

  3. DANEgerus says:

    Does anyone ever go to Planned Parenthood to Plan for Parenthood? Shouldn’t their name really be Planned Un-Parenthood?

    Remember when Jesse Jackson was unhappy that 1/2 of America’s abortions were performed upon the 1/6th of the African-American population? Why does that “disparate impact” matter when Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton are demonizing the criminal justice system for incarceration rates but ignored regarding abortion rates?

    Well… as Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wrote :

    In 1939 (Margaret) Sanger created the previously mentioned “Negro Project,” which aimed to get blacks to adopt birth control. Through the Birth Control Federation, she hired black ministers (including the Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Sr.), doctors, and other leaders to help pare down the supposedly surplus black population. The project’s racist intent is beyond doubt. “The mass of significant Negroes,” read the project’s report, “still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes….in that portion of the population least intelligent and fit.” Sanger’s intent is shocking today, but she recognized its extreme radicalism even then. “We do not want word to go out,” she wrote to a colleague, “that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

    Really? “three or four colored ministers” with “engaging personalities” to implement a “successful educational approach” to “exterminate the Negro population”?

  4. The Redneck says:

    This is about like hiring me as head of PETA.

    A man who has dedicated his pathetic life to the DEATH of children is put in charge of children’s health.

    Yeah, we should trust this guy with health care….


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