Wednesday, August 31, 2005


War on Science Casulty

I urge RSR readers to pick up a copy of Chris Mooney's book, The Republican War on Science, now at 292 on Amazon according to Chris.

In the meantime, here's a portion of an e-mail from the latest casulty in that war, Susan Wood, director of FDA's Office of Women's Health. The New York Times reports that she resigned Wednesday in protest over the FDA's refusal to approve over-the-counter sales of the morning after pill.
"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."


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