More New Mexico politics, because this is ridiculous

Adults with weird political agendas are pushing abstinence-only sexual education on unknowing children.

Adults like Gov. Susana Martinez, calling idiotic audibles from the GOP’s culture-war playbook. Message to Martinez and all our other politicians motivated by pious religiosity: The Founding Fathers would hate you, and you are directly responsible for some young people having STDs and unwanted pregnancies.

Numerous media outlets are reporting this week that Erin J. Bouquin, a Los Alamos doctor, has resigned her new position as Chief Medical Officer of the New Mexico Department of Health. She resigned because she was asked to, Bouquin said.

“On the day I was asked to leave, I said the word condom three times on the news,” she told the Santa Fe New Mexican. (The Albuquerque Journal covered this story, too, a day after everyone else and buried in the C section.)

Bouquin gave an interview to KOAT-Channel 7 last week in which she cited spiking rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia in New Mexico teens, and suggested they use condoms. The story aired Thursday morning; she was asked to step down later that day, she said.

“You are being dismissed because you haven’t met the expectations of the governor,” she told the New Mexican she was told.

The governor expects, apparently, that medical professionals will ignore things likes facts and data. The governor expects, apparently, that even doctors talking about the health of teenagers will turn to drooling partisans and promote the GOP’s insane agenda.

It takes about 15 seconds of searching on the internet to produce multiple studies that say abstinence-only sexual education doesn’t work, and is actually harmful. Just this month, researchers from the Guttmacher Institute said a survey of 1,800 people between 18-29 found six in 10 didn’t understand the effectiveness of oral contraceptives like birth control pills.

“Programs to increase young adults’ knowledge about contraceptive methods and use are urgently needed,” the report says. “Given the demonstrated link between method knowledge and contraceptive behaviors, such programs may be useful in addressing risky behavior in this population.”

Abstinence-only education hurts children. That’s just a fact. Girls and women who know more about contraception are less likely to have unprotected sex. Studies continue to prove this, and it’s also common sense.

Fans of intelligent decision making don’t know what to think of a government that favors religion over fact-based reason. Maybe this is a political winner for Susana Martinez, but actively working to keep children ignorant about sex is dangerous. It’s also creepy.

“Things are becoming more political at the department,” Bouquin told the New Mexican of the Department of Health.

If Susana Martinez was truly a small-government conservative, she would let a doctor do her job. Instead, the governor wants to micromanage New Mexicans’ sex lives, based on the fact-ignoring, discredited agenda of her GOP overlords.

State governments have gone to a scary place.


2 thoughts on “More New Mexico politics, because this is ridiculous

  1. I truly think Gov. Martinez had nothing to do with the decision to remove Dr. Bouquin. Martinez was asked about the not meeting governor’s exepctations and Susana had no idea what KOAT was talking about. Dr. Bouquin was NOT an appointee but a regular classified employee. She did not answer to Martinez but Cabinet Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres. This was Torres’ decision and not anyone else’s. Torres lied about Susana making the not meeting expectations statement.

    The true issue was probably the fact that Dr. Bouquin spoke about the STD rates which would reflect negatively on the department of health and Dr. Torres. Martinez was once upon a time a democrat. I seriously doubt that an educated women such as herself would hold such an extreme conservative view on condom use. in fact there are very few Catholics out there that hold the church’s same view on use of birth control and women’s reproductive rights.

    There many evil forces in play here when it comes to this story and there most evil force of them all is the DOH cabinet secretary herself.

    Check out We have links to all the news articles as well as Martinez’s statement about Dr. Bouquin’s dismissal. 5/22 and 5/18 posts both pertain to Dr. Bouquin’s unjust dismissal.

  2. Dr. Bouquin is an excellent doctor and a wonderful, caring person. She got the shaft. I guess that’s to be expected. GOP honchos seem to think that people who like sex are filthy, sin-filled reprobates and that gonorrhea and chlamydia lesions are God’s wrath upon such sinners. With all those lesions out there and the repressed sexuality of prominent politicians, I really try to avoid shaking hands with GOP members for fear that I might catch something if one of those lesions happens to be weeping….

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