President Bush’s most recent surgeon general accuses the administration of muzzling him for political reasons.
Doctor Richard Carmona told a house panel there was interference on health issues such as emergency contraception and abstinence-only education.
Carmona told the lawmakers that all surgeons general have had to deal with politics, but none more so than he.
The White House responded by saying Carmona was given the authority and had the obligation to be the leading voice for the health of all Americans.
Confirmation hearings are scheduled to be held on July 12, 2007, for Dr. James Holsinger Jr., the Kentucky Cardiologist nominated by President Bush to be the nation’s 18th surgeon general.
The nomination has been criticized by gay rights groups.