Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rep. Trent Franks: Obama Science Advisor's Views are Extreme and Inhumane

July 28, 2009 - In light of President Obama's recent appointment of John Holdren as Director of Science and Technology Policy, the White House's top science advisor, Congressman Trent Franks (R - AZ) today released the following statement:

"President Obama's selection for this post confirms what many in the pro-life community have warned all along -- not only is President Obama pro-abortion, but he is, by far, the single most pro-abortion President in our nation's history. Not only has he filled his administration with those who favor abortion, but he has seemingly gone out of his way to recruit the most radical abortion proponents imaginable, as he has once again done in appointing Mr. Holdren as his science advisor.

To call this appointment radical is by no means mere hyperbole, as the views expressed by Mr. Holdren are inhumane and are exceedingly unrepresentative of the views held by the American people. Mr. Holdren's views align perfectly only with the most extreme proponents of abortion and eugenics.

Furthermore, it is beyond peculiar for the President to choose as his top science advisor a man who doesn't even seem to fully grasp one of the most elementary biological concepts -- that conception forms a genetically unique human being."

In a text book he co-authored in 1973, Holdren wrote, "The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being."

Holdren's textbook also included the following comments on the need to halt population growth: Human values and institutions have set mankind on a collision course with the laws of nature. Human beings cling jealously to their prerogative to reproduce as they please—and they please to make each new generation larger than the last—yet endless multiplication on a finite planet is impossible. Most humans aspire to greater material prosperity, but the number of people that can be supported on Earth if everyone is rich is even smaller than if everyone is poor.”

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