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Homosexual advocacy groups are objecting strongly to President Bush’s nominee for surgeon general, but Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr. also faces questions from conservative groups about his views on human cloning and embryonic-stem-cell research.
Tom McCluskey, vice president for government affairs at the Family Research Council, said that Dr. Holsinger spoke to a Kentucky state legislature committee in 2002 and “testified in support of loosening regulations around cloning and embryonic-stem-cell research.”
“We’re not supportive of his nomination right now,” Mr. McCluskey said, adding that “we’ve been told he’s come around on the issue, but the surgeon general is such a strong bully pulpit position that we want to be sure.”
The White House said that Dr. Holsinger agrees with the president’s opposition to the use of federal funds for embryonic-stem-cell research and cloning.
White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore said that Dr. Holsinger’s 2002 testimony against a ban on cloning was because “he felt that the penalties proposed in the bill were disproportionately severe on patients and researchers.”
“Since 2002, there have been significant advances in new techniques for potentially deriving pluripotent stem cells without cloning or destroying embryos. As such, Dr. Holsinger believes the president’s cloning policy is appropriate,” Miss Lawrimore said.
“His main focus will be childhood obesity, so he will not be involved in determining policy related to stem-cell research,” Miss Lawrimore said.
Mr. Kennedy has said he is “disappointed” with Mr. Bush’s nomination, without fully opposing Dr. Holsinger, whom he called “an individual whose record appears to guarantee a polarizing and divisive nomination process.”
Dr. Holsinger, 68, is a retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserve who worked for 26 years in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs before becoming chancellor of the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1994.
In 2003, Dr. Holsinger was appointed to be Kentucky’s secretary of health and family services.
Two of the committee’s three Democratic presidential candidates — Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut — oppose Dr. Holsinger. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois said he has “serious reservations.”
Five other Democrats did not respond to requests for comment and two did not take a position.
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