[eDebate] korcok and George Bush
Thu Sep 1 21:22:57 CDT 2005
korcok still mindlessly defending the retard-in-chief with such brilliant
arguments as: "that guy's an idiot."
perhaps korcok could enlighten us on why he thinks Sidney Blumnethal's
thesis that the Bush Administration has polticized science with
fundamentalist nonsense is somewhow incorrect.
i'd actually be quite interested in how korcok can defend one of
Blumenthal's examples: the decision yesterday by the FDA to permanently
delay approval of Plan B (morning after pill) as an over the counter drug
despite the fact that the FDA's own scientific panel reccomended in it's
i, for one, salute Susan Wood and her decision to resign over this rank
prioritzation of religious blither over the lives and health of women.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A high-ranking Food and Drug Administration official
resigned Wednesday in protest over the agency's refusal to allow
over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception.
Susan Wood, director of FDA's Office of Women's Health, announced her
resignation in an e-mail to colleagues at the agency. The e-mail was
released by contraception advocates.
The FDA last Friday postponed indefinitely its decision on whether to allow
the morning-after pill, called Plan B, to be sold without a prescription.
The agency said it was safe for adults to use without a doctor's guidance
but was unable to decide how to keep it out of the hands of young teenagers
without a prescription -- a decision contrary to the advice of its own
"I can no longer serve as staff when scientific and clinical evidence, fully
evaluated and recommended for approval by the professional staff here, has
been overruled," wrote Wood, who also was assistant commissioner for women's
health. "The recent decision announced by the Commissioner about emergency
contraception, which continues to limit women's access to a product that
would reduce unintended pregnancies and reduce abortions, is contrary to my
core commitment to improving and advancing women's health."
Plan B's maker has been trying for two years to begin nonprescription sales,
and the FDA's latest postponement of its fate was a surprise: Commissioner
Lester Crawford won Senate confirmation to take his job only after promising
members of Congress to make a final decision by September 1.
Crawford announced Friday that the agency considered over-the-counter sales
to women 17 and older fine, but that younger teens would still need a
prescription -- and that the agency was unable to decide how pharmacies
could enforce an age limit, or even if it was legal to have such dual sales.
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